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What kind of questions do medicaid appointed psychiatrist

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what kind of questions do medicaid appointed psychiatrist ask bipolar patients to get approved for medicaid
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. Typically the questions that are going to be asked are how long and frequently do the mood swings of Depression and Mania/Hypomania occur, when the symptoms first started (how old were you approximately), and to rank the symptoms on a scale of 1-10. In addition, the most significant questions will ask how the Bipolar Disorder affects your daily life and quality of life, including your ability to work. here the psychiatrist is going to gauge if you meet the criteria for a disability or not depending on the severity of the symptoms and how it affects your daily life. The psychiatrist will also ask what medications you have tried in the past and which ones worked and which ones failed; this can give an idea of how resistant your disorder is to treatment based on how many medication fails occurred and how many medications it takes to try to stabilize you. Also you want to point out if the side effects of the medications are significant and affect your quality of life, sometimes the psychiatrist does not ask this, so you want to mention it. These are the standard questions a psychiatrist will ask for medicaid approval.

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