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Author Topic: Why a mental evaluation?  (Read 1545 times)


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Why a mental evaluation?
« on: November 03, 2010, 05:54:05 pm »
I applied for SSDI in June, and am just now receiving appointments for medical appts SS scheduled for me.  My question is why did they schedule a mental evaluation, when I'm applying strictly on back injuries.
I take a med for depression, but not to the extent I am mentally unstable? Just curious. They also scheduled me for a physical exam. Any suggestions or ideas on what to expect at either of these appts?
Thanks for any ideas
« Last Edit: November 17, 2010, 03:02:21 pm by Dragon Fly »


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Re: Why a mental evaluation?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2010, 07:14:06 pm »
Hi Sara...Welcome to the forum. Glad you have found your way here. There's  a great bunch of folks here with many different area's of knowledge. I'll try and answer your question the best that I know. You mentioned that you take a med for depression. More than likely that is what prompted the Mental CE exam. When they take note in your list of meds any type of a antidepressant or anxiety med, ex. Cymbalta, Zoloft, Prozac, Xanax, Elivail etc. this can prompt a CE exam. Or if in any of your Dr's notes it mentioned "depressed" can also prompt one.

In my case, on my initial claim I had listed Xanax. Was not on a antidepressant at that time, but did note that I had depression. I had a Physical CE and a Mental CE. My Physical CE was with a Internist. My Mental CE was with a Psychiatrist. I am on my Reconsideration Appeal now after being denied on the initial claim. This time they sent me to just another Mental CE but this time with a Psychologist. I am currently on a antidepressant now. What their reasoning between the 2 Dr's was I think, they were looking for depression, the first time and this time, I think they were looking more at memory, concentration etc.

I hope this sheds some light on it for you. Just holler out if you have any more questions. Someone else may have some more ideals on this also. Again so glad to have you here. Hoping your journey will be a easy one for you. :)

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Re: Why a mental evaluation?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 06:16:56 pm »
Hi Sara and welcome to the forum,
     Mousey is right on track as usual in answering your question.  Any mention of psychiatric medications or anxiety or depression in your file will prompt a Mental CE.  I had one simply because I said I was anxious when I was in the hospital for my foot surgery and the doctors noted it in my file.  In all honestly, the nurse told me if I was anxious, I would get a private room and my husband could stay with me because he wasn't going to leave anyway.  I had no idea it would cause a mental CE to be triggered. 

     If there is a valid case for a mental disability, the exam will be a lot different then what you will likely experience.  Mine lasted all of ten minutes with a few questions about how I was feeling now.  Some of the others I have read about on the forum are far more involved.  Please keep us up to date and feel free to ask anything you like.

I speak from experience not expertise.