Keep some of these questions in mind when deciding whether or not you want to work with someone, and don't be shy about raising concerns or questions.
- Do you feel comfortable when you are with this person?
- Do you respect this person's knowledge and trust their judgment?
- Do you believe this person will do his or her best to help you get well?
- Does this person seem to listen to your concerns?
- Does this person try to answer your questions in a way you understand?
- Is the office staff helpful when you make an appointment, ask a question, or need to contact your health care professional?
Step two: stay engaged in your treatment plan
Once you've found a health care professional you like, help make it a true partnership by staying informed and active in your treatment. Here are a few ideas, and your health care professional may have others.
- Recording your symptoms and writing down questions before your visits can help you and your doctor discuss whether your current treatment plan is working or if changes are needed
- Do your best to follow your health care professional's advice—this may include things like taking medication as prescribed, following a routine, and keeping a Mood Tracking Journal
- Be honest about things that are bothering you and side effects that you may be experiencing
- Let your health care professional know if you notice mood changes
- Tell your health care professional if you are thinking about stopping your prescribed medication
Most of all, remember that you and your doctor are in this together, and as with any relationship, the more you put into it, the more you are likely to get in return.