Re: Appointment with Pain Management Psychologist Question
My PM clinic required that I see their "resident" Pain Psychologist. It's actually part of the process of being accepted as a patient at their clinic. I took the MMPI, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory which is a common test given in Mental Health. The purpose of doing it was to sort of make sure that you are not "faking" and therefore one who will divert meds, make sure you are in true pain, see if you are depressed, have anxiety, etc. It is difficult to fool the test as it's either a 360 or 567 item mutliple choice tests that asks many of the same questions just in different ways to see how you answer them.
I didn't mind taking the test at all, I felt it was just another tool to assess my overall needs as a chronic pain patient.
Later, in the course of my treatment, I actually requested to start seening the Psychologist once a month, as I began to struggle with acceptance, and had adjustment issues.
Good luck to you. Hope this helps answer your question.
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