How to have a More Effective Relationship with Clinicians.

We have all been there. You walk away from a visit to the clinician thinking, "I forgot to tell him/her about that thing that happened last week, and what did they say I should do at night?  What does euthymic mean?"

It feels frustrating and disempowering doesn't it? The funny thing is both you and your clinician want the same thing... your wellness!

Here are some strategies to make your next visit more effective for you and easier for your clinician.

Before you go:

At the appointment:

Questions to ask at a family/whanau meeting:

Family meetings are opportunities for Family/Whanau to share their understanding and knowledge with the mental health team and to provide and receive support during the care and treatment of the relative.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK has developed a useful list of questions which assist families in learning and understanding more about the assessment, treatment and care of their relative. You may find these useful.

Questions such as:

About the diagnosis:

If a diagnosis has been made:

About the assessment:

About care and treatment:

The family and treatment:

Getting Help:


Hospital Treatment:

Remember that your clinician wants you to get well. They are people too, often very busy. If you are prepared and clear with them you will form a partnership that works well for all of you.

If you still feel unsatisfied, you have the right to change your GP, or in the case of a specialist - you have the right to request a second opinion.

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