At BNBA we value your story. A huge part of being a medical management practitioner is understanding the patients experiences and symptoms, to make sure the patient is catered to. Although we take a holistic approach when it comes to our patients, every individual patient has a treatment plan that is cultivated by what would work for them specifically.

Here at BNBA we understand the nerves and anxiety with going to a Psychiatric Clinic. We want to make this experience as comfortable as possible. Often, we think about how a doctor will prepare for an appointment with his or her patient, but we rarely emphasize what a patient can do to prepare for the appointment. A patient’s role is equally, if not more important than the doctors. We want to give you, a curated experience that suits you the best. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a medical management appointment.

Only Share What You’re Comfortable Sharing

There is still a huge stigma around mental illness. In a way, that has prevented people with mental illness to remember that going to psychiatrist will not always cure you, right away. It can take months, years, and sometimes it’s chronic. That is okay. As a patient, you must realize you do not have to open up about everything on your first session. These sessions do not go by the practitioners pace, but by your own. Be mindful with yourself, and be prepared to not always want to talk. Often, these sessions might require you to look back on some traumatic moments, here at BNBA we realize that, and we want you to go at your own pace.

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Prepare Questions

We’ve all been in the situation where a doctor asks “Do you have any questions for me?”. It can be hard to remember on the spot. Often we say no, and remember them on our commute back home. Write down questions on your note app on your phone or on paper before coming to the appointment. Do not hesitate to ask anything about your session.

Questions include but are not limited to…

1. What are the side effects of this medication?
2. What are signs I should stop taking the medication?
3. If therapy is suggested, you may ask what type of therapy do you recommend? Why?
4. What are the parameters around confidentiality?
5. How can I contact you during a difficult time?
6. How did you arrive at my diagnosis?
7. How does my treatment plan work?

Write Out a Timeline

On the spot, it’s hard to remember everything that’s happened in your life. Take some time beforehand to write out a timeline. It does not have to be extensive! Meaning, do not spend more than 15 minutes on it. Make sure to include life events, your medical history, and potentially conditions that may run in your family. This can all be helpful to the respected practitioner and make the appointment go more smoothly, and assure that you did not forget anything.

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Bring Someone With You (If You Want)

Here at BNBA, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible. That means if you feel more comfortable bringing someone with you to your appointment, by all means bring them. They can wait in the waiting area while your appointment goes on, or they can come inside with you. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us.

Relax

Contrary, to popular belief this should not be a stressful situation. Every employee at BNBA wants to see you thrive. Take advantage that. If you have any questions beforehand do not hesistate to contact BNBA. We are always here to help.Contrary, to popular belief this should not be a stressful situation. Every employee at BNBA wants to see you thrive. Take advantage that. If you have any questions beforehand do not hesistate to contact BNBA. We are always here to help.

 

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SOURCES:
Your First Appointment
10 Questions to Ask a Psychiatrist or Therapist
16 Questions to Ask a Psychiatrist If You Are Visiting for the First Time