Mar 9, 2016
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1) Write down why you think you have been referred to a psychiatrist.
2) Write down the symptoms and feelings you are struggling with the most.
3) What are your expectations for your consultation with a psychiatrist? If you are not sure research (aka Google) what the role of psychiatrist is.
4) If you have seen a psychiatrist before (or engaged in mental health programs and/or therapy), write down the dates, diagnosis and if you found it helpful.
5) Understand you will be asked personal and sensitive questions, which you may have never been asked before, such as abuse history and relationships.
We do not have to go into detail but please do share, because it helps for diagnosis and understanding you. We’re asking these questions to ultimately help you.
6) Ideally, you want to have your family doctor run baseline labs. Bring those results to the appointment.
7) Ensure you bring your current full medication list, including ones used for other medical conditions. This one’s important!
Current meds also includes:
8) Know your, and your family’s, medical history. If you don’t have this, and have the ability to find out, ask your mother, father, aunts, uncles. For example: diabetes, blood pressure, seizures, thyroid, cardiac issues and especially any history of mental illness.
9) Write down any psychiatric medications you have used. Say what ones worked, or the ones you hated because of side effects.
10) Be on time. But understand that there may be a delay because patients before you may be struggling like you and may need more time than their appointment was scheduled for (just like I would do for you if you needed it).
And most of allâ€¦
11) Be honest. I know it’s hard with someone you just met, but it goes a long way to help you and that’s what we are here for! In our nonjudgmental way.