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SO I FOUND OUT TODAY THAT MY INSURANCE(TRICARE) REQUIRES THE PYSCH EVAULATION. jUST WONDERING WHAT TO EXPECT. WHAT TYPE OF QUESTIONS DO THEY ASK YOU?

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My eval was quick. The doctor asked me questions about my diet/eating history, the procedure etc. He wanted to make sure I knew & understood what I wanted to do. The interview lasted about 30 minutes then he gave me written test - had to answer 300+ questions.

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Mine took about 3 hours. I talked with the psychiatrist for about an hour and then took a really long test that asked hundreds of questions.

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My interview was about 30 minutes with the doctor then off to the tiny room to answer 625 questions that make you think you're crazy by the time you finish. All T/F questions like "I would like the work of a florist", "i'm worthless", "i hate my father/mother", "i love my father/mother" and so on and so on and so on. Then the last part of the test is like 30 questions about you and suicide!!

So all in all it wasn't so bad but it took forever and you come out thinking you're nuts!!

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I am paying out of pocket so mine was pretty easy. I had a phone consult today and she just asked me some questions.

Things like:

Are you married

Do you have support from your husband

Who are your support team

Have you gotten any negative comments when telling people you are getting Lap band

What was the last stressful event that happened to you

How did you handle the stress

Have you been diagnosed with any eating disorder

How long have you been over weight

What is the reason for wanting Lap band

Do you have depression or been diagnosed with depression

What do you do at work

How long have you worked there

ETC.....

Nothing to be scared or worried about. Hope this helps a little.

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:frown: I have my Psych appointment tomorrow bright and early I will report back here during the children's nap time!! Wish me luck!!

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I am back and with I think good results!! They psychologist was a young woman and it was basically her going over all the questions that were already on paper. She told me since I knew what I needed to change after surgery to start practicing now to get used to making meals separate from hubby in the beginning, start walking, measuring food and so on. .

I guess now I just need my two support group meetings, finish my 6 months, and consult by surgeon. :frown:

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I was wondering the same thing?? what type of question they ask!!

thanks ladies for the info!!

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Good luck with the Psych Consult. The idea of the consult is to make sure you are fully aware of the procedure, the risks, that you have studied your options. They also want to make sure that if there is a history of depression you recognize it and have control. That you are self aware as to how you have gained the weight, if you are Obsessive Compulsive about eating. If you do have an eating disorder they just suggest working with a therapist as you move forward towards banding so you can gain control of the disorder, otherwise banding won't help. I hope this helps and you will do great. Just be honest, they are trained to tell when you are lying.

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Good luck with the Psych Consult. The idea of the consult is to make sure you are fully aware of the procedure, the risks, that you have studied your options. They also want to make sure that if there is a history of depression you recognize it and have control. That you are self aware as to how you have gained the weight, if you are Obsessive Compulsive about eating. If you do have an eating disorder they just suggest working with a therapist as you move forward towards banding so you can gain control of the disorder, otherwise banding won't help. I hope this helps and you will do great. Just be honest, they are trained to tell when you are lying.

Exactly! Just relax and answer the questions truthfully and you'll be fine.

Side Note: I cannot believe some of you had to answer so many questions and that it took so long for some of you. I was out of my car at 10:45 and back in my car by 11:05!:frown:

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Mine was so easy - we basically chatted about my past....parents, ex's, children, etc..........

He asked me only a couple questions about weight loss and made sure I knew the risks --- and 30 min's later I was out the door.

Gotta love it

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My first appt lasted 2 hours. My second appt was about 30 min, and I have one more the end of the month. I think its about money..to be honest. They had me fill out the hundred questions at home before my first appt. He asked about my eating habits, family life, suicide, how long I've been dealing with my weight issues, etc...

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I had my appt yesterday at 1:00p, I was literally out of the office by 1:05p. I couldn't believe it! He NEVER asked me anything related to the surgery or even about weight loss or how I felt about it. He asked typical questions about:

What do I do for a living

Ever had suicidal thoughts

Depression

Have children

Have friends

On medication

Feel like killing self or somebody

Feel stressed

Do you have high blood pressure or diabetes

Any medical problems and are you healthy now (I wanted to say, look at me - 261lbs of an unhealthy problem!)

I was very careful in how I answered even the simpliest of questions. I didn't want anything to get in the way of not being recommended for surgery. Example, he asked if I'd ever been depressed, well I didn't lie and stated, yes, about 15-20 years ago. Because I said that, he asked more questions about it, but I was very confident that that was not an issue any longer.

Some questions he repeated in a different form. I could hardly understand what he was saying - seemed like he was mumbling and just going through the motions to approve me. I didn't care, I just wanted to hear that he would approve me for insurance purposes. I would never go to him professionally, he had no personality and was assigned to me through my insurance. What I did understand him say clearly was that he would send over his approved recommendations on Monday pm. That's all that is standing in the way of submitting everything to my insurance for surgery approval. And that's all I cared about! :eek:

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I had my appt yesterday at 1:00p, I was literally out of the office by 1:05p. I couldn't believe it! He NEVER asked me anything related to the surgery or even about weight loss or how I felt about it. He asked typical questions about:

What do I do for a living

Ever had suicidal thoughts

Depression

Have children

Have friends

On medication

Feel like killing self or somebody

Feel stressed

Do you have high blood pressure or diabetes

Any medical problems and are you healthy now (I wanted to say, look at me - 261lbs of an unhealthy problem!)

I was very careful in how I answered even the simpliest of questions. I didn't want anything to get in the way of not being recommended for surgery. Example, he asked if I'd ever been depressed, well I didn't lie and stated, yes, about 15-20 years ago. Because I said that, he asked more questions about it, but I was very confident that that was not an issue any longer.

Some questions he repeated in a different form. I could hardly understand what he was saying - seemed like he was mumbling and just going through the motions to approve me. I didn't care, I just wanted to hear that he would approve me for insurance purposes. I would never go to him professionally, he had no personality and was assigned to me through my insurance. What I did understand him say clearly was that he would send over his approved recommendations on Monday pm. That's all that is standing in the way of submitting everything to my insurance for surgery approval. And that's all I cared about! :eek:

I wish that was how my psych eval went! I only did the evaluation because it was part of the process not because I felt I had to see a psych...

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A few things about my psych visit...

It took about an hour and then I took the Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic Test. It was one of those fill-in-the-ovals-completely-with-a-number-2 pencil tests.

I learned something as well. If you plan to tell no or only a few people (and not sing it from the rooftop to everyone in the world), be prepared to hear that your psych might not feel you are a good candidate for surgery. The "lack of support" thing is critical. I can talk my way around or out of anything, but if you don't think that you can, think carefully about the things that you say about your support system post-surgery. I am not advocating lying at all....just be thoughtful about what you say. This applies to anyone you speak to throughout your pre-op process (PCP, surgeon, office staff, nutritionist, etc.).

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