Here are a few tips to help you:
- Try jotting down your feelings/symptoms in the few weeks before your appointment, and bring your record with you. Are the symptoms ongoing, or do they come and go? Are they triggered by something specific? This information will be very helpful to your doctor.
- Don't forget to mention your state of mind when you're talking to your doctor about the state of your body, e.g., physical problems such as headaches or nausea. Have you been feeling out of sorts? Worrying more than usual? Let your doctor know.
- Bring along a close friend or family member to help you remember anything you may have forgotten, or just for support. They might also be able to help you give your doctor a more detailed family history.
- If you can, have a few questions ready about depression, chronic anxiety or panic disorder, treatment options, or what to expect. Having your questions answered can certainly help bring your peace of mind.