If you have any queries refer directly to a health provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions (psychologist or psychiatrist).
What you can do:
- Write down any symptoms you’ve had, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you’re taking.
- Take a family member or friend along: Sometimes it can be difficult to remember all of the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
- Write down questions to ask your health provider.
What to expect from your health provider:
- When did you or your loved ones first notice your symptoms of depression?
- How long have you felt depressed? Do you generally always feel down, or does your mood fluctuate?
- Does your mood ever swing from feeling down to feeling euphoric and full of energy?
- Do you ever have suicidal thoughts when you’re feeling down?
- How severe are your symptoms? Do they interfere with your daily life or relationships?
- Do you have any biological relatives with depression or another mood disorder?
- What other mental or physical health conditions do you have?