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You are feeling tense, fatigued, sad, unmotivated, and your physician gave you clean bill of health. Now, you have an appointment with a psychiatrist, or other mental health professional, to be assessed for a mood disorder.
Most of us get home from medical or psychiatric appointments and remember several things we wanted to share, should have remembered to share, and questions we wanted to ask but forgot.
To avoid forgetting there are a few things you can write down ahead of time and take with you to ensure you convey significant information. It may also help relieve your nervousness—if you are nervous—about the meeting.
This is only a suggestion and if you do not think it helpful, don’t do it.
The notes can be brief or detailed. Use complete sentences, short phrases, single words, charts, or doodles—whatever works for you.
If thinking and writing about life events, symptoms, and moods makes you feel more upset, depressed, or anxious, then you are better off not doing it. The mental health professional does not need you to prepare by writing things down. Only do this if it helps you.
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