Mental Consultative Exam

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A mental consultative exam refers to a medical inspection of an individual's mental status when there is no current medical information in a person's file. This type of exam is ordered by Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability. Social Security Disability examiners cannot decide how to handle a person's case without a recent medical evaluation; they will typically schedule a psychological consultative exam for a person in order to obtain up-to-date information concerning a person's mental state.

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Quite often, Social Security Disability applicants will provide their ongoing mental symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, or memory loss, on their application although they will not have obtained medical treatment for their mental condition. This makes it difficult for the Social Security Administration to determine whether a person should be eligible for benefits or not. Typically, when a person has gone more than 60 days without a medical examination concerning their medical condition, that person will be asked to go through a mental consultative exam. However, the Social Security Administration sometimes requires a person to attend an examination even if he or she has recently seen a psychiatrist or psychologist. This, in large part, depends on what information the disability examiner considers important to review. Some examiners prefer to have a doctor's opinion before making the decision of whether a person is eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

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