A treatment plan should be based on your health and wellness goals. Talk to your doctor honestly about your concerns with OCD and treatment. An active role in your care will help to reach best outcomes.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will help:
Bring someone else with you. They may hear something you miss or think of other questions to ask.
Write out your questions ahead of time. This will make sure you don't forget them.
Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. Repeat important information back to the doctor in your own words. This will help to make sure you understand it.
Don't be afraid to ask your questions. Ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Let your doctor know about symptoms and any day to day problems you are having. Be honest. This information will help the doctor make a plan.
If your doctor thinks OCD is possible, feel free to ask:
Could I have a different illness? Can I have a checkup to be sure?
Have you treated other people with OCD? If not, can you give me the name of another doctor who has?
About Treatment Options
What treatments are there for OCD?
If I take medicine:
How long will it take to work?
How will it help me?
What side effects should I look for?
Should I try counseling?
What type do you recommend?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml. Accessed January 13, 2020.
Tips for talking to your doctor. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at:https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Accessed January 13, 2020.
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