I underwent a comprehensive battery of psychological testing at The George Washington University Department of Psychiatry in early May 1994. The evaluator was an intern Yu-Ling Han working under the supervision of William Fabian, Ph.D. The testing disclosed no psychotic thought processes, which I duly reported to the U.S. Social Security Administration. Yu-Ling Han reviewed the results of the testing with me in late May 1994 in her office. GW did not provide a copy of the test report to me until after the Medical Center terminated its relationship with me, effective June 30, 1996 -- approximately two years later, despite the fact that I had requested a copy of the test report continually during those two years. Although the testing disclosed no psychotic thought processes and did not yield any psychiatric diagnosis, Dr. Fabian assigned the diagnosis Delusional (Paranoid) Disorder on the billing statement for the testing: a possible fraud on the Social Security Administration.
June 6, 1994
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Joseph R. Muffolett
Office of Disability and
U.S. Social Security Administration
1500 Woodlawn Drive
Baltimore, MD 21241-0001
RE: Disability Claim No. xxx-xx-xxxx
Dear Mr. Muffolett:
This will advise, with respect to the above-referenced matter, that beginning the week of May 2, 1994 I underwent psychological/intelligence testing at the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The testing was conducted by Ms. Yu-Ling Han and comprised the following:
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
Rorschach Projective Test
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Thematic Apperception Test
Millon Self-Report Survey
Results of the testing, deemed valid by the evaluator, disclosed no psychotic thought processes and indicated no potential for violent behavior. The test results, therefore, provide no independent confirmation of statements filed with the D.C. Department of Human Rights and Minority Business Development by my former employer, the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, relating to my mental health and purported violent propensities.
I continue to believe that I am under constant surveillance by my former employer, Akin Gump. I believe that Akin Gump continues to have regular and frequent communications with the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and my sister, Mrs. Estelle Jacobson. On the evening of May 4, 1994 I had a telephone conversation with my sister (tape recording enclosed herewith). Certain of my sister’s comments seemed to allude symbolically to the psychological/intelligence testing that I was undergoing at GW at that very time. I had not mentioned to my sister that I was undergoing such testing. I interpreted certain of my sister’s comments as relating to the issue of personality profiling and other of her comments as relating to the Wechsler intelligence test.
The following is a transcript of the relevant portions of the subject telephone conversation.
Seeming allusions to personality profiling:
[Sister]: I got this astro[logy]. Now do you believe in astrology? Like . . .
[Claimant]: Absolutely not.
[Sister]: Oh, you don’t. Now when year read this stuff . . . Well, I was reading this different stuff. Well, you’re Capricorn, so is Suzanne. Like I was reading mine. Why don’t you believe in it? Like what they say?
[Claimant]: Why would it be true? That’s the question.
[Sister]: Why would it? Yea. I was reading a book why it’s true I don’t know. This is all different things. “Basic characteristics.” Now, do you have these characteristics? Oh, let’s see. You’re practical? Persevering, cautious, and economical.
[Sister]: Mm. Many of you eventually become self-made people doing well in business, but not without some bitter lessons. Oooh. You can have a ruthless quality, never softened by mercy or the kindness of your preceding sign, Sagittarius. Em. Haa.
[Claimant]: So, you’re describing one out of twelve people here.
[Sister]: [laughs] Well, I’m describing Capricorn. Yea. Not to say. No, but I mean, eh. This, eh. “When negative aspects. You can be soured and embittered, discontented with your lot, but not consciously capable of taking any effort to improve it. You could slip in and out of the sloth of depen[dency] despondency, which is one of your, the traps that Saturn lays on you. Depression isn’t unusual all through your life, and you have to make a very determined effort to use the abuses of Saturn so that profitable lessons are learned from it. Sometimes you’re introverted or self-centered, but this is a defense mechanism to protect your own interests.” Ah, I find this stuff pretty interesting myself.
[Sister]: But, eh. I mean, I think there’s something to it. Just seems that there is. I don’t know. Like that stuff you read in the paper, that’s kind . . . I mean they’re so vague, they’re ridiculous. But, you know.
[Sister]: You know, like when they have the horoscope in the paper?
[Sister]: Ya know.
Seeming allusion to the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale:
[Sister]: I have to get some pictures. My next, that’s my next thing. Like some botanicals. You know, those different pictures. I think that’s what I want in the kitchen.
[Sister]: And, yea. I’m going’ up, eh. Well, we had this Bat Mitzvah to go to--the Veksler’s daughter. Our friends from down the shore? Condo? So, that's the 15th. And Suz has been looking for a dress, without any success. I’m gonna take her this weekend.
[Note sister’s remote associational linkage: “those different pictures”--”and, yea”--”Veksler’s.” The association of "pictures” and “Veksler’s” is remote with respect to the manifest content only; when interpreted as symbolic references to the Wechsler test, sister’s seemingly remote associations fit neatly within the psychological testing context since portions of the Wechsler test employ pictures.]
Note the possible structural linkage between the two allusions. First, with respect to the personality profiling, sister mentions her daughter, Suzanne: "Well, you’re Capricorn, so is Suzanne.” Second, with respect to the Veksler [Wechsler] allusion, sister mentions daughter, Suzanne, once again: “And Suz has been looking for a dress, without any success.” In later part of conversation sister mentions that her daughter will be taking aptitude testing.