Yes sir! although you might wanna make sure and wait for another person here to confirm this as I am unsure. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Medifast guys because they can assist you better...
Like most, I think I went to my psych clearance session with the same apprehension as my other required clearances (cardiac, etc.) The person I went to was independent from the center that performed my GBS and, looking back, I'm glad that was the case. It meant she had no vested interest - and was certainly under no pressure from her facility - to approve my GBS based on anything other than my examine. I'm not suggesting there is always a conflict of interest where that is not the case..
Most of us go to these sessions already highly motivated to have the GBS, thus we make a conscious effort to gloss over issues we just don't feel are that significant in our lives or where we feel the issues do not relate to our planned.
And often, I suspect we are probably right to do so. Not every single issue in our lives impacts our ability to achieve sucess with GBS. But this is not always the case..
The importance of the various screenings and clearances should not be underestimated. For example, if you currently have an undiagnosed heart blockage, having GBS before this more immediate issue is dealt with could be a fatal mistake. Getting proper cardiac clearance is something we should not just embrace - we should insist on it. Because while we tend to view 'weight loss' as the goal, our real goal is to dramatically improve, enrich and lengthen our lives..
Likewise, a professional psychological evaluation prior to GBS is also critical. I say this now only with months of hindsight. Prior to my evaluation, I was convinced that I was fully informed and psychologically prepared. At the time, I viewed the evaluation as somewhat unnecessary - an inconvenience that, if not performed 'properly' could lead to yet another roadblock on my pre-surgery journey. (A journey that can have many roadblocks.).
But I would suggest a better way to view the examine is as something just as important as cardiac clearance. Try to be as honest and open to the questions as possible. Remember that you are doing this because you want to make absolutely certain that GBS is right for you at this point in time. It is also an opportunity to explore what additional things we may want to think about combining with our GBS to improve our odds of success. Obesity never exists in a vacuum. Again, I say this only with months of hindsight.
For me personally, it turns out that a small thing, quite insignificant at the time, months later turned out to be much more significant than I originally believed. Consequently, I now believe this greatly increases my chances for long-term success of my GBS...
I was in the unique position of having mine with the psychiatrist I already see as a patient. I have to say I think the psych eval is incredibly important, as I have met so many post-ops who really were not good candidates for a whole host of reasons. I like the idea of a eval by someone not having a conflict of interest with a provider, but that is sometimes hard to detect. I echo the comments that this is nothing to fear, and would add if you think there is something about you someone else might be concerned about, it may be worth exploring those issues with a MHP at a later date...
I remember I once had a psych evaluation and when I came home without a perscription my wife said to me what did you do LIE? Anyone can pass the pre.
Evaluation, even me!.
These are interesting responses,.
People will continue to write about the psych eval experience. What has it meant, in retrospect, to those who have completed.
I had to take the MMPI test of about 100 questions. I thought it was going to be a one time visit but the psychiatrist said he would have to read it and then have me come back to go over it. I was bummed because that meant more time to wait but when I went back he totally reassured me that I was a great candidate for GBS. I even schedule visits with him about every other month now just to catch up on how things are going for me. He is very, very supportive and we talk alot about protein,.
, and the rate I am losing weight...