My problem is, what do I tell the psychiatrist? I was completely honest last year, and it got me nothing. I'm afraid total honesty this time around will get me another decline. I want this surgeery. I want it so badly I can taste it. I know surgery doesn't fix your brain, but i have no plans to stop seeing my therapist any time soon.
Any advice would be welcome. I don't want to blow it a second time.
Do NOT be deceitful in your answers during the eval. You may have a chart on record with your past history already. I'd note the progress you've made in therapy. I may sound "too honest", but dealing with old life traumas that still cause "issues" is the best approach. Many people use food as the "go to therapy" to resolve their unsettling feelings. Dealing with the old issues will make you seek food for future solice, making your WLS more successful. DAVE
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I would ask your therapist to maybe write a letter to the surgeon's office to include in your patient file, stating he/she feels you have made much progress and will be continuing a therapy regimen throughout your process.
I also have many factors that could have stalled my process. I considered the option of leaving things out or giving a "fake it til you make it" performance. but seeing as this is a lifetime commitment, I knew I needed to be honest and up front with everything, so I could succeed, even if it meant I had to wait. I went in and was blunt, honest and an open book. The psych did one follow up with me a month later and then cleared me for surgery. she said my honesty was a big indicator that I was ready to tackle anything should it arise because I recognized the problems.
be honest, be happy, and be healthy. good luck to you!
Number one, the person doing the evaluation may be able to tell (or suspect) that you are being dishonest or withholding information and that may work against you in the end, especially if the evaluator knows that you were previously denied. Second, tell the person about what you have been working on in therapy and talk about the ways that you have made progress. That will show the psychologist that you are committed to addressing your problems and being successful. Finally, sign a release and have your therapist address why (s)he feels you are ready to have the surgery and emphasize that you continue to continue therapy and that (s)he will help you address any issues that come up for you after surgery.
I do occasional bariatric psych evals and all three of those things count for a lot.
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