Strategies for Success

Preparing for a Doctor Visit

As you live with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, the relationship you have with your doctor or psychiatrist may be one of the most important. He or she can work with you to find medication options and treatments that can help you achieve your recovery goals.

It’s important to make the most out of your time with the doctor by preparing for your appointment so you are ready to talk about your treatment plan and any concerns or questions you have.

Tips for Preparing for a Doctor Visit

  • Think About What Is Important to You Before the Appointment
    • Ask yourself what you want out of your treatment and how it might help you achieve your goals
  • Write Down Your Medications, Symptoms, and a List of Questions
    • This can help you remember what you want to talk about during the appointment
  • Bring a Supportive Person
    • A friend, relative, or member of your support network can go with you to your appointment and help you take notes, ask questions, and remember what was said
  • Participate and Partner
    • Remember, YOU are an important member of your treatment team. You can and should communicate and partner with healthcare professionals about your treatment and recovery

Use the Preparing for a Doctor Visit worksheet before your appointments to make your visit more productive.

If you want to learn more about partnering with your doctor on recovery decisions, print out and use the Making Decisions Together workbook.