We all know it can be hard to admit that we’re not perfect. Who wants to admit they have weird spots or excessive hair growth? Despite how uncomfortable and embarrassing it may seem, it is incredibly important to talk to your doctor about symptoms, especially if they relate to your mental health. For example, if you are feeling depressed or a bit anxious, you may choose to take care of yourself without seeing a doctor. But what if you hear voices speaking to you, even when you are home alone? Maybe you see strange things that no one else can see? If this happens to you, you may have a serious mental illness, like schizophrenia. So ask your doctor what he thinks about your experiences and symptoms.
If talking to your doctor makes your palms sweat and hands shake, try not to worry. He’s not the bogeyman. Think of him as your Yoda instead. He’s there to help and guide you.
But if you’ve already made it past that stage and you are in treatment or about to start, here are some prudent questions to ask your doc:
• side effects of medications
• signs of a relapse
• how to prevent your symptoms from returning
• non-medication treatment options like individual counseling or support
• how long you will need treatment
• whether you can work or live alone again.