Many people live for years with a mental health issue, knowing they should see a doctor. But something holds them back.
Others struggle with feelings they don’t understand, and they don’t realise that a doctor can help them through that.
And most commonly – everyone on the planet goes through a rough patch at least once. Whether it’s a relationship ending, a job loss, bereavement or financial troubles – no one is immune. This isn’t a mental health diagnosis and you may not think you need a doctor for this, or you may even feel as though you would be wasting a doctor’s time. Your doctor is there to help you, and they will be glad to share with you amazing series of resources they have to offer that you may not even know exist. However, we know how hard stepping through that door will be, and when you struggle with mental wellness, you might be too anxious to visit a doctor for fear of being judged, not knowing what to say, or concern about what you might be told.
Here is what you might expect from your visit to the doctor, to help you prepare.
- An idea of what you think might be happening
- What you would like to get out of the appointment - advice? Medication? A referral to a specialist? Therapy? Psychological treatment? Support groups?
- Relevent questions around how this relates to you and your life
- If you are talking about medication - side-effects, how long it will take to work, interactions with your existing medications
- Prognosis (what the doctor thinks will happen)
- Help for friends or family members if necessary
- Would it be good for you to take someone along with you?
- When will you next see the doctor after this appointment.
- Ask what to do if you feel like the current approach isn't working.