Return to Index
Talking to Your Doctor About Schizophrenia
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know about your health.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Can you tell me about the course of this illness? What can I expect?
- Will I be able to marry and have children?
- Will I be able to hold a job?
- Where can I get more information about schizophrenia?
Am I at risk for developing any complications, such as:
- Substance abuse
What treatment options are available for schizophrenia?
- What medications can help me?
- Are long-acting injectable medications an option for me?
- How long will they take to work?
- What benefits can I expect?
- What side effects can I expect?
- How can I manage these side effects?
- Have you treated other people with schizophrenia? If not, do you know of another doctor who does?
Do you know where I can find:
- A treatment group
- Support groups
- Family interventions for people with schizophrenia
- Vocational training
- Other psychosocial interventions
- What is your basic approach to treatment?
- How long do I need treatment?
- How long and how frequent are the treatment sessions?
- What type of health insurance is accepted?
- Do you have special fee schedules and/or sliding scale fees to accommodate various financial circumstances?
Do I need to make changes in my:
- Daily routine
- How can I take the best care of myself?
- What are my chances of recovery?
- What can I do to prevent a relapse?
- Reviewer: Adrian Preda, MD
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/14/2017