Over the years I have learned a lot of things to-do and not-to-do when seeing the psychiatrist. Here are a few tips for what to do in your initial visit with the psychiatrist. I wish I would have done these things sooner. If I had I probably would have received the proper diagnosis and treatment many years before I finally did.
1) See a psychiatrist, not a general practitioner. General practitioners are not mental health experts. They are not up to date in the latest treatments and developments in the mental health field.
2) Bring a list of your symptoms and problems you want to improve. This way you can help the psychiatrist understand what you are going through and figure out what target areas to treat. It is important to have these written down so that you don’t forget something important. Bring a list of questions too.
3) Be honest! The psychiatrist will not be able to treat your symptoms if he or she does not even know what your symptoms are.