Dr. Melissa Welby is a Harvard trained psychiatrist in private practice in Connecticut. She writes a blog, https://www.drmelissawelby.com/blog/, where she shares her reflections on various topics related to psychiatry and tips to improve overall well-being.
I asked Dr. Welby to share her thoughts on choosing a psychiatrist and she provided several questions you can ask yourself and a potential doctor. Following are the questions you should ask of yourself and a potential psychiatrist.
The fit between you and your psychiatrist is extremely important. You could see a top-rated psychiatrist but if you aren’t comfortable sharing personal issues with them then they will not be able to be as helpful.
Do you agree on the treatment goals? Will you be working towards the same endpoint?
It’s important to feel like you are a member of the team working together to improve your health. Do you feel included in deciding your treatment?
Are different options explained to you? Sometimes there are multiple options with different pros and cons for each.
Are non-medication options discussed? Medication is often only one part of the treatment needed to recover.
Does your psychiatrist listen to your concerns? Do you feel heard?
Are you able to ask questions?
Can you reach your psychiatrist if you need to contact them before your next appointment? Do they call you back within a reasonable amount of time?
These questions help you determine if you and the doctor are a good fit. Don’t be discouraged if you talk with a doctor that doesn’t seem to work for you. Although its difficult going through this process, it is well worth it to find a doctor that meets all your needs.
What questions do you ask a potential doctor? Have you ever talked with someone you knew wasn’t the right fit? How did you handle that?
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