Sunday, February 20, 2011

Psych Evaluation

Last Wednesday I had a psychological evaluation.

It took a whopping 3.5 hrs to get through this evaluation.

In order to be approved by my health insurance for an occipital nerve stimulator, they require that I be evaluated by a Psychologist.

We did alot of talking.  In fact, this guy was great at making me feel comfortable at talking.  Now, those that know me well would laugh...because, let's face it...I am a talker. A BIG talker! However, I tend to clam up and put on this "must be perfect" act when faced with anyone in the mental health field. 

After the Dr. got all the sordid details of my past and my medical history, we moved on to tests.

I had to take 2 written examinations.  One of which was 300 questions!  Good thing I am a quick test taker.  It was comprised of 300 true or false questions about how I perceive myself and how I believe others perceive me.  Regardless of  the anxiety I have and the bouts of sadness this chronic pain has brought about...I do think I am fairly mentally stable.

The final verdict from the Dr. was that he is in deed recommending a trial stimulator for me and that he does think I am mentally and emotionally stable to handle the procedure.

Me, on the other hand...not really so sure.  I am a nervous wreck!


Della said...

You aced the exam, so no need to be nervous now! The hard part is over. I'm sure they will knock you out, or give you a local, or something when you get the stimulator. Don't worry Jess, maybe this will be the end of your headaches!

WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

I had to take one too. I was told it is sop for implants as there are some people who might find having a foreign object in their body too uncomfortable psychologically to tolerate. Hoping that the trial will be a success just like this was!!

Migrainista said...

Congrats on passing the examinations :)

S.I.F. said...

I had to get evaluated to be approved to use donor sperm, and I was the same way. It totally makes me nervous to have someone trying to determine if I'm crazy or not! ;)

Della said...

Hi Jessica,
I found the answer to your question. Actually I found 2 answers. One source said purple is the migraine color, and another said green aventurine. The one stated green aventurine is useful for soothing the eyes, and relieving migraines. Another belief is that aventurine is soothing and will result in a better night's sleep.

Gennie said...

I have an occipital stimulator--been in chronic pain for several years. I am almost 23 years old (in about 10 days), and I have been dealing with it since I was 12 and had a misdiagnosis about a broken vertebrae from a high jump incident. Turns out it was broken and they let it go, causing my muscles to turn into wood protecting it and pinching nerves. I have nerve damage, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, many more diagnoses, and I have had liver damage, heart issues, and much more secondary. I am so sorry to hear about your story. I had chronic tension migraines because of the pain, muscle tension, and the occipital stimulator was AMAZING. It helped more than I could ever explain. I have had very little issues with it, and I am soooo pleased with the results. If you ever have any questions, feel free to email me at or check out my blog: :) Good luck with everything!!