A few tips on talking to your Doctor

The first important step towards peace of mind is to talk to your doctor. It all starts by having an open, honest discussion with your doctor. Sharing your feelings can be difficult, but remember – you don’t have to live with the symptoms of depression and chronic anxiety. After all, your doctor is there to help. He or she has experience in treating these illnesses, and is the best person to lead towards peace of mind.

Be prepared

Take the depression or chronic anxiety self-quiz and if the response you get is to talk to your doctor, please print it out and show it to your doctor.

You could also write down your feelings, symptoms or issues for a few weeks before your doctor’s appointment and bring them with you. For example, write down symptoms like feeling sad or having difficulty sleeping, or having stomach disorders (whatever you recognize.) Write down if these symptoms are ongoing, or if they come and go. Are they disrupting your life? Are they triggered by something specific?

Speak your mind

In other words, when you talk to your doctor about the state of your body, as in the physical problems like headaches or nausea, remember to also talk about your state of mind (e.g., difficulty concentrating or your emotional ups and downs.)

Have support

It’s a good idea to bring along a family member or a close friend just for support. They could help you remember anything you may have forgotten and provide the doctor with a more detailed family history.

Clear your doubts

It’s quite possible you may have some questions or doubts you may want to discuss with your doctor. If so, have these handy. Having your questions answered can certainly bring you peace of mind.