Seeing a health professional for any type of health condition can be daunting. Being prepared before an appointment can alleviate some of that pre-appointment angst and can create better outcomes after the visit. Below are a few possible questions that may be asked from your health professional and questions that you may want to ask during that appointment. Having some of these written down before your appointment may be helpful.
The following are some questions that may be asked by the health professional you are seeing:
- What symptoms are you experiencing or have experienced, frequency and intensity, and how has this affected your daily life/routines?
- Is there a past history of mental health issues?
- Any family history of mental health issues?
- Any substance abuse – past and present?
- What prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, dietary and herbal remedies, and vitamins or minerals are you taking?
You may want to ask your health provider about the recommended course of treatment and what options are available to treat your health condition, along with expectations of each.
If you are prescribed a medication, you may want to ask:
- What the medication is for and how is it going to help you?
- How and when should you take it and how much should you take?
- How long will you be on this medication?
- What should you do if you miss a dose?
- Will it interact with other prescription or over-the-counter medications, dietary or herbal remedies, vitamins or minerals?
- Should it be taken with food? What food or drinks should you avoid while taking this medication?
- What are the side effects of this medication and what should you do if you experience them?
- Who should you contact if you have any problems or questions about the medication(s)?
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