A diagnosis is not necessary to receive medication. This title is a way of communicating individual needs from one professional to another. These words should be considered health related, just as a medical doctor would communicate with their patients on physical symptoms and label what their patient is experiencing.
Symptoms are an important factor in psychiatry. Body sensations that we have are often indicators of how we are feeling. I recommend telling your Psychiatrist about all your medication, vitamins, symptoms, and diagnosis so they are more likely to to help you with your individual needs.
You most likely would have some questions before meeting with a new Psychiatrist. Before meeting with a new doctor, I recommend writing down a few questions that you may have, so you feel prepared. Each Psychiatrist will run their office a little differently, but all require some paperwork before getting started. They will likely ask you about your mental health history, the history of your immediate family, medication history, present medications, etc. I recommend bringing the information with you or writing it down beforehand so you can share it easily with your new doctor.
Megan Bowling, M.A., LMFT
**For specifics on medication, please contact a Psychiatrist for additional information.