Conventional medicine for mental health has extended our lifespan and our thinking about mental illnesses. We can now treat disease and mental illness more effectively. Hippocrates is considered to be the father of modern medicine. He described many diseases, including mental illness, and their treatment.
Modern medicine encompasses the relief of pain and suffering, the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.
If you happen to be one of the people plagued by these mental health symptoms on an ongoing basis, chances are you may take action to get help by an allopathic physician.
Here are some of the tips recommended when meeting with your physician about your symptoms:
One way to help is to know what to expect ahead of time.
This can be anything from going to your appointment prepared with your medical and psychiatric history. To being open to the fact that your first session may stir up emotions and to know that this is a normal response. If your physician does not seem to agree that this is a normal response, you may want to look for another physician who can understand you better and better treat you as an individual.
Prepare with Your Medical History
You will be asked about your medical and psychiatric history.
Prepare by bringing the following:a complete list of medications, medical and/or psychiatric medications.
A list of any and all psychiatric medications you might have tried in the past, including:
how long you took them
your medical concerns, diagnoses, and symptoms
family history of psychiatric issues or symptoms, if any
Also, if you’ve seen a psychiatrist in the past, have your records sent to the new psychiatrist you’ll be seeing.
If you are ready to see a psychiatrist/psychologist you may want to try mytelemedicine. They have physicians available 24/7 online.
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