Questions to Ask

Suggested questions that you may choose to ask a psychiatrist:

  1. How should we contact you?
  2. How will maintaining regular contact with you affect the progress of the
    client?
  3. What should we do if we notice problems such as a relapse or side effects?
  4. What is the diagnosis? What is the prognosis?
  5. If you are unable to diagnose, why?
  6. What are the symptoms of this particular illness?
  7. What symptoms indicate a relapse?
  8. What medication is being prescribed? Why? What are the possible side
    effects?
  9. What other treatments are you recommending in addition to the medication?
    Will you help us access those treatments?
  10. How frequently will you and/or the case manager see the client?
  11. How frequently will you and/or the case manager see the family?
  12. What is your view of family involvement in treatment?
  13. What do you recommend in terms of coping with the following problems?
    (Make a list.)
  14. Others you may have.