How should I handle a psychiatrist appointment on a day when I feel fine?
April 21, 2006 9:47 AM Subscribe
After struggling for years with depression and anxiety I've finally worked up the nerve to see a psychiatrist about it. When it's bad, it's really bad — can't-leave-the-house bad, end-up-in-the-hospital bad — but the past week or two have been good ones and right now I feel fine. (Not on top of the world, mind you, or otherwise manic, and not numb either — just normal.) How can I make the most of my upcoming appointment with no symptoms to show?
- How can I give her an accurate picture of what the bad days are like if I'm seeing her on a good day?
- She may want to write me a prescription for something. How could I judge if it was working if I started taking it on a good day?
- Does it even make sense to be seeing a psychiatrist for a problem that comes and goes from one day (week, month) to the next? (Or should I try to postpone my appointment until things get worse? That doesn't make sense either, does it?)