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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with schizophrenia?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for schizophrenia? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Schizophrenia

Top 10 Questions about Schizophrenia

  1. What is schizophrenia and what causes it?
  2. What should my family, friends and co-workers know about my condition?
  3. What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
  4. For what symptoms should my family, friends or I call you or 911? How do we reach you after hours or in an emergency?
  5. What are my treatment options for schizophrenia?
  6. What might happen if I do nothing to treat schizophrenia?
  7. What are psychosocial treatments and how can they help my family/friends and me manage my schizophrenia?
  8. How will my antipsychotic medication relieve my symptoms and how long will it take to start working?
  9. For what types of side effects should my family, friends or I call my doctor or 911?
  10. What might happen if I use street drugs, drink alcohol, or stop taking my medication even if I feel better?
  1. What is schizophrenia and what causes it?
  2. Is schizophrenia curable or controllable so I can live a normal life?
  3. How does schizophrenia affect my behavior, daily functioning, and overall health?
  4. What types of medical and mental health professionals do I need to see and when?
  5. What should my family, friends and co-workers know about my condition?
  6. What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
  7. Could my schizophrenia symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  8. How will my family, friends or I know if my symptoms are worsening or relapsing?
  9. Since starting treatment for schizophrenia, I have developed new symptoms. What do they mean and what treatment do I need?
  10. For what symptoms should my family, friends or I call you or 911? How do we reach you after hours or in an emergency?
  11. How is schizophrenia diagnosed?
  12. Can my primary care doctor diagnose schizophrenia or will I need to see a psychiatrist?
  13. What does a psychological evaluation involve?
  14. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  15. Who has access to my health information, including my diagnosis, and how will that information be used?
  16. What are my treatment options for schizophrenia?
  17. Will I need psychosocial treatment, medication or both?
  18. What might happen if I do nothing to treat schizophrenia?
  19. How can my family and friends support my treatment for schizophrenia?
  20. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  21. What are psychosocial treatments and how can they help my family/friends and me manage my schizophrenia?
  22. How will cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of psychotherapy help manage my schizophrenia?
  23. How might social and vocational training help me?
  24. What schizophrenia support groups are available to my family, friends and me?
  25. Do I need to continue psychosocial treatments if I feel better and am functioning well?
  26. How will my antipsychotic medication relieve my symptoms and how long will it take to start working?
  27. In what forms is my medication available (pills versus long-acting shots)?
  28. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  29. How long will I need to take my antipsychotic medication?
  30. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my antipsychotic medication?
  31. What should my family, friends or I do if I have symptoms or a relapse while I’m on my medication?
  32. For what types of side effects should my family, friends or I call my doctor or 911?
  33. What might happen if I use street drugs, drink alcohol, or stop taking my medication even if I feel better?

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Top 10 Questions about Schizophrenia

  1. What is schizophrenia and what causes it?
  2. What should my family, friends and co-workers know about my condition?
  3. What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
  4. For what symptoms should my family, friends or I call you or 911? How do we reach you after hours or in an emergency?
  5. What are my treatment options for schizophrenia?
  6. What might happen if I do nothing to treat schizophrenia?
  7. What are psychosocial treatments and how can they help my family/friends and me manage my schizophrenia?
  8. How will my antipsychotic medication relieve my symptoms and how long will it take to start working?
  9. For what types of side effects should my family, friends or I call my doctor or 911?
  10. What might happen if I use street drugs, drink alcohol, or stop taking my medication even if I feel better?

Medical Reviewer: George Grossberg, MD. Last Annual Review Date: Sept 24, 2011 Copyright: © Copyright 2013 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.


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