5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Psychiatry Appointments

Making an appointment with a psychiatrist is the first step to improving your mental health. It’s important to make the most of each your sessions in order to maximize your efforts. Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your psychiatry appointments.

  1. Look for a good fit! Before you schedule the first appointment, do as much homework online as possible. Call the office and ask about the office routine. Try to find a psychiatrist and an office that fits your needs.
  2. Come prepared. Bring the psychiatrist ALL of your medications – I recommend typing up a list with name, dose, time you take it, side effects, etc. On the list it is also helpful to include when you started the medication and when the dose was adjusted in the past. If you have tried medications in the past, try to write all of these down as well with name, dose, schedule, and reason you stopped taking it.
  3. Don’t forget about other providers. Make a list of your other providers with their name, specialty, and contact phone number or email. The most important contacts are primary care and if you are working with a therapist; however, it is helpful to bring contact information for other providers as well.
  4. Why are you there? Be prepared to tell your “story” in about 20 minutes – why are you coming to see a psychiatrist? What symptoms do you have? How are they affecting your functioning? What are your friends and family noticing about you?
  5. Where do you want to go? Think carefully about your goals for treatment and write some of them down. If you do not want to take medication make sure to state that as one of your goals.

Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne

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Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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