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I had a mental exam for SSDI yesterday with the primary complaint being Generalized Anxiety Disorder and depression. The psychologist and I had a wide ranging conversation and I don't think she got in all the canned questions Social Security has on their forms.
As a result, she talked like she thought I was "over stressed" and had a "bruised ego from rejection" (jobs I lost or were downsized from) and so forth.
The SSDI claim has several medical conditions along with the GAD, and I have a physical exam next month.
What are the implications of Consultative Exams? Would they give more weight to the person who talks with you for an hour than say, a letter from Dr. Bash after he examined me and reviewed over 1,000 pages of my medical records? Dr. Bash's letter points out that I'm over 60 years old -- apparently because age is a factor Social Security considers when you come close but do not fully meet their disability guidelines for a given condition.
If she "diagnoses" stress and anger issues for Social Security, would that potentially cause a reversal of my GAD rating from the VA if I include SSDI as part of a TDIU claim?
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At age 55, SSDI is less stringent on the disability rules. You are wise to pursue SSDI, rather than waiting for retirement age, as you get the full rate now and can pickup Medicare in 2 yrs. I'm sure
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