Psych Eval tomorrow!


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Is it like totally weird that I'm actually looking forward to my psych eval tomorrow? After the MAJOR funk I've been in for the last few days (MAJOR depressive episode) I think it's especially weird. The thing that's really weird about this is that when I called to make the appointment the other day they told me that it's just a walk in thing. They don't schedule the bariatric psych evaluations. Just show up between 8 and noon. The lady I spoke with said it would take a couple of hours. I think it's some kind of computer test. I know there's a $100 one that you can do online for the clinic I'm going to, but I don't have that kind of money right now. At least my insurance covers this one I'm doing tomorrow. That's a good thing.

So, after I get this out of the way I have two more diet and exercise appointments and one more appointment with the cardiologist and then they will schedule my surgery! I'm praying that I can have it done April 22. If I can't have it done that day, it will be okay. But, if I can, it will be perfect!

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Good luck on your psych eval today.

At your stage pre-surgery, I would recommend you do three things.
1. Take a good before photograph of yourself, so that you have something to compare to after surgery. Many times we are blind to our obesity. We do not really see ourselves. Therefore when the weight begins to drop off rather dramatically, we question if this is really happening. Photographs are a good visualization of our success. Many people carry a before and after photo with them, just to remind themselves of their success.
2. Walk 30 minutes each day, every day until surgery (or equivalent exercise). Walking helps the recovery process go smoothly and minimized the pain levels from surgery.
3. Wean yourself from caffeine and carbonated beverages now. After I gave up my 6 diet coke a day habit, I suffered from a week of severe withdrawal syndrome consisting of severe headaches and body aches. I was miserable. You don't want to combine the effects of caffeine withdrawal with the effects of surgery.

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Let us know how it went! I was scared for mine and it was actually a relief when I left, because everything seemed so much closer!

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The psych eval was three flipping hours long!!!! Three hours! I talked to the psychologist for about 20 minutes. He asked all the questions i figured he would like if I had a support system at home and all that. And was glad I was seeing a therapist on a regular basis to help with the major depression issues I have. The rest of the time was answering a MMPI2 test. I've taken one of those before, but not. I think the one I took before was just a MMPI. Or something along those lines. I actually don't remember. LOL! I will hopefully hear from them tomorrow.

I'm getting more excited now because this is past me now. Now it's one more cardiologist appointment and 2 more diet and exercise appointments and then we schedule! The new update to this site wouldn't let me change my weight unless I put in a surgery date, so I'm going to have to change my surgery date once I officially have it. I'm really hoping for April 22. I'm actually going to ask my care coordinator tomorrow when I talk to her to see if that's feasible.

Never mind about that date. I just looked at a calendar and found out that's a Saturday! Poo. Hopefully the 21st then!

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15 hours ago, HurricaneU said:

Good luck to you. I just finished my 5th appt yesterday. Next appt is March 9th, so they say maybe end of April for surgery.

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Same to you! my sixth and final appointment is April 3 and I talked to my care coordinator this morning and she said that the end of April for me is a possibility, as well! I sure hope so because the thought of traversing Barnhill Arena for my son's graduation right after surgery is a daunting one. LOL

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Same to you! my sixth and final appointment is April 3 and I talked to my care coordinator this morning and she said that the end of April for me is a possibility, as well! I sure hope so because the thought of traversing Barnhill Arena for my son's graduation right after surgery is a daunting one. LOL

Sounds awesome! April is gonna be great! Two months ya'all!


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I had my psych eval yesterday! I was way more worried for it than I should have been. It was a 2 hour appointment. First they made me take a short 40 question test. Then I had a full appointment with the doctor. I had about 5 pages worth of detailed paperwork (that I had completed beforehand) that we went through. We discussed the funk post-op, support networks, what to expect, etc. She said she thought I was a great candidate. Then I took a 400 or so question psych exam which seemed to be testing for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

I think I'll be an April person too. Go team April!!

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14 hours ago, jessgnc said:

I had my psych eval yesterday! I was way more worried for it than I should have been. It was a 2 hour appointment. First they made me take a short 40 question test. Then I had a full appointment with the doctor. I had about 5 pages worth of detailed paperwork (that I had completed beforehand) that we went through. We discussed the funk post-op, support networks, what to expect, etc. She said she thought I was a great candidate. Then I took a 400 or so question psych exam which seemed to be testing for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

I think I'll be an April person too. Go team April!!

I had mine last week and talked to the psychologist and took a 576 question test. I only talked to him for about 20 minutes, but I got a call from his office today saying that he wants to see me for a second interview before he approves me for surgery. I about cried. I don't know if a second interview is common or not. :(

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9 hours ago, Hoping052017 said:

I had mine last week and talked to the psychologist and took a 576 question test. I only talked to him for about 20 minutes, but I got a call from his office today saying that he wants to see me for a second interview before he approves me for surgery. I about cried. I don't know if a second interview is common or not. :(

My psychiatrist warned me about that and said not to panic! Sometime they'll call back in after the test for clarification. If they had any questions or certain answers were high (like for signs of depression or anxiety), they would want to just clarify answers or handle the problem. T

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