• 10 Questions Before You Choose Your Psychiatrist

    10 Questions Before You Choose Your Psychiatrist

    When hiring an electrician or plumber, you might ask friends and neighbors for suggestions, but looking for a psychiatrist is a personal private choice. Once you’ve found a few psychiatrists to call, a good interviewing strategy is to have a list of questions in front of you as a script. Here are ten examples:

    • What kinds of patients or illnesses does your practice focus on? Or consider describing your concern or illness, and ask if the Psychiatrist has specific expertise in treating this.
    • How long have you been in practice here? (If only a short time, you could also ask where else they worked.)
    • How do you involve me in decision making and other aspects of my treatment? (Consider ruling out anyone who cannot describe how they involve the prospective patient in designing a treatment plan.)
    • Where did you go to medical school? (You could research the school later.)
    • Do you treat patients with medication, talk therapy, or both? If you use talk therapy, which?
    • Do you require payment at the time of visit? Do you take my insurance or provide coded receipts? (Also ask any other billing questions you might have.)
    • Could I reach you during office hours and after hours for urgent needs? Additional sessions? Are there times you cannot be reached and when would they be?
    • Do you have early/ late/ convenient hours available?
    • Will you speak with my past doctors if I agree? My other specialty providers?
    • How long are appointments?

    Finding the right psychiatrist may seem like a long, involved process, however, knowing that this doctor may partner with you for a lifetime makes it worth your time and effort.

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  • Posted by John Mahoney on March 9, 2017, 10:41 pm

    Thank you for talking about the importance of finding a psychiatrist that can work with your insurance. I can see that taking your time and finding someone you can trust and be open with can help you get the best treatment. It is important to remember that comparing several companies and checking with the BBB can help ou save time and find a qualified specialist.

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  • Posted by John on April 24, 2017, 6:07 pm

    I like the suggestion to have a list of questions to ask in an interview when choosing a psychiatrist. I think that doing so would be really helpful in determining the qualifications of the psychiatrist. I bet it would also help you determine whether or not you feel comfortable being completely honest and disclosing sensitive information with that individual.

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  • Posted by Frank Delaware on May 17, 2017, 2:53 pm

    A friend of mine has been struggling with a few things lately, and we were curious about how you would choose someone to help him out. I really like that you say to find out if you can contact them outside of their office hours. It would be nice to know that you will be able to get the help you need no matter what.

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  • Posted by Marcus on December 6, 2017, 2:03 am

    Thank you so much for mentioning how you should take the time to ask a psychiatrist how involved will you be in choosing the best treatment for your needs. I understand that doing this can help you make sure you get the best care and achieve the results you want. My sister was talking about how she needed to find a good psychiatrist, so I wanted to help her find the best.

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  • Posted by Mary Bozich on March 9, 2018, 7:17 pm

    How do U approach someone who will deny there is something wrong? She is living w/me (Mom) and problems of anger can be common. Especially if I raise my voice. She scares me. She was born in 1960.

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