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Preparing for a meeting with a psychiatrist

With the dearth of professionals in the mental health sphere, it becomes increasingly important to be prepared for your meetings with a psychiatrist. Given the possibility of long gaps between appointments, it makes sense to get as much information as possible in your first meeting. Try to get as much clarity as possible about the symptoms, causes, and treatment for your condition. Do not hesitate to ask questions about medication, their side-effects, and possible subsitutes. Here are some questions you can ask.

For a doctor to make a proper diagnosis, and to devise a proper treatment plan, they require some information from you as well. They might need your complete medical history, and a history of illnesses in your family. Here are some questions they may ask you.

Here’s what you can do to be best prepared for your first meeting with a psychiatrist.