If you've been dealing with mental health problems, and your current treatment isn't working, it's time to speak to a psychiatrist. One of the benefits of psychiatric help is that they can go beyond the care you'd receive from a counselor or psychologist. However, you do need to take a few steps to get the most from your psychiatric care. Here are just four steps that help you prepare for your appointment with your psychiatrist.
Provide Accurate Medical History
Now that you're scheduled for an appointment with a psychiatrist, it's time to prepare your medical history. This is especially important where your prescription medication is concerned. Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists can provide you with prescription medication for your psychiatric conditions. That's why your psychiatrist needs to have a complete list of the medications you currently take. The list will help to avoid adverse reactions between the medications you currently take, and any medications your psychiatrist may prescribe.
Come Prepared to Communicate
If you're ready to seek psychiatric help, and you want your treatment to be effective, be prepared to communicate. Open communication is one of the best ways to improve the effectiveness of psychiatric treatment sessions. If you're worried that you won't be able to focus on your issues, now's the time to start a session notebook. Keeping a session notebook will help ensure open communication with your psychiatrist. Your notebook will also allow you to take notes throughout your sessions.
Do Your Homework Assignments
Now that you've arranged for psychiatric care, it's important that you prepare for your homework assignments. You might think that all of your work will occur during your scheduled sessions, but that's not the case. Your psychiatrist may actually need you to continue working on your issues outside of your scheduled appointment times. If that's the case, you'll need to take that work seriously. These homework assignments will help you put your in-office sessions to work for you in your regular day-to-day activities.
Know When it's Time for Change
Finally, if you've chosen a psychiatrist to work with, you might think that you'll stick with them for all of your treatment. However, some people find that they need to make a change at some point in their treatment. If you find that you're no longer making the progress that you'd like to, it might be time for a change. Transitioning to a new psychiatrist can help you adjust to the level of care you need.
Contact a local psychiatrist, such as G. OZKARAHAN, M.D., P.C., to learn more.