Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Psych Eval...

Well today was my appointment with a psychiatrist to find out if I am mentally understanding my decision to move forward with what is known as Lap-Band Surgery (insurance requirement).   It was an interesting 2 1/2 hour conversation with an older gentleman who converted an old house into an office.

Getting to the point.....we spent most of the time discussing what he thinks is post traumatic stress disorder.    He believes that I have this, caused from a time I got lost driving from Novi, MI to Troy, MI, but I ended up in Detroit by taking the wrong highway.  I stole $5 of gas from a gas station that had bars on the windows in Detroit, and I ended up turning my car around and headed West.  Finally getting my head back on straight, a stranger found me crying in my car at a 7-Eleven gas station. This stranger had me get something to drink and follow him back down onto the freeway and directly to I-696 heading back to Troy.

I find this interesting that this "psych dude" hits on a time approximately 12 years ago and right into some dumb story in my life.   Until today, I thought this was a "funny dumb" story, but as I began to tell it, I tear up and break out into hives on my chest.   I realize I have an irrational fear of getting lost....I do not think this has anything to do with my weight issues, but thought I would share.

We also spent ample time discussing my family, family medical history, my husband and my job.  All being said, we determined I am a happy person with a pretty great family upbringing.

I am a good candidate for this surgery and we parted ways.    

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  1. Isn't it crazy how just talking about something with a 'psych' person can put such a different spin on everything? I remember the first time I went to a therapist, all of the sudden my obsessive listing wasn't just an eccentricity. I guess it's not 'normal' to get up at 2am drive to work just to make sure your to-do list is highlighted in the 'appropriate' colors. Hmmm...who could have guessed!!

    I am glad you are one step closer to getting your LapBand party started!!

    1. I probably will not go back unless the insurance requires me to.

  2. Yay Michelle! I had my psych eval back in September. Mine too was like 3 1/2 hours long and basically told her my whole life story. I had issues with sexual abuse as a child but she felt as though I was a great candidate. (thank goodness!) What else do you have to go through with your insurance? do they require the supervised diet? I only have april, and may left on my diet and I'm getting nervous! :) good luck and it's nice to find someone in the same boat as me!

  3. @Handy Bandy! back at ya... i have 8 months of supervised workout and diet documented, but from a certified personal trainer not a physician. I am going to submit all that paperwork to my insurance over the next couple weeks. I am hoping they take it so I can move forward. If not, I will have to do the doctor also for 6 months. My trainer I hired was on my like crazy, monitoring everything and working out crazy for close to a year. The doctor visits (if made) are not going to do anything. Go in weigh yipeee! Just a waste of time.