One of the most common things which the psychiatrist gets to hear is, ‘It has been too long I have been neglecting to consult you.’ They also get to know how nervous they get just with the thought of consulting the psychiatrist.
Come prepared for the medical history
Your psychiatrist is going to ask you about your medical and psychiatric history which includes personal and family also. It is best to come prepared with the following things:
- Make a list of the medications you are taking or have taken in the past.
- Make sure you also note down how long you have taken the medicine.
- Medical concerns and if you have any got any diagnosis.
- If there have been issue family history of psychiatric issues
If you have seen a psychiatrist in the past, then it is important to carry a copy of reports along with you.
Prepare yourself for the psychiatrist questions
One you are in the appointment, make sure you are ready to give answers to all their questions. They can ask you questions like:
- How I can help you.
- How are you doing?
- So, what is the reason you are here today?
- Tell me what you are here for?
Keep in mind, giving answers to all their questions is important, and a good psychiatrist will review everything to give you the best treatment plan. Communication is the key and tells them everything how you are feeling. When you start interacting, it will make you comfortable, and you will get the best treatment plan.
Be ready for an emotion-filled ride
When you are discussing your concerns it is okay to feel different emotions, and this is completely normal. It takes strength and courage to be open and share your story with them. This ride is emotional, and you should hesitate to let everything about this appointment. After all, they are there for you only.
In case, you do not feel comfortable about sharing certain issues, then it is okay too, and the psychiatrist also understands this thing.
Working towards creating a plan
Once the psychiatrist has understood your situation, he will work with you and discuss the best possible options. The treatment plan can consist of:
- Medication options
- Referrals for psychotherapy
- Level of care needed (According to the symptoms and the intensity of the treatment you will be given appropriate methods to handle everything.)
- The doctor will let you know if there is any need for the blood test before starting the medications.
If you have any questions or doubt regarding the treatment and diagnosis, then feel free to clear it with the psychiatrist right away.