Doctor, I’d Like to Ask You

The questions your doctor would like you to ask to enable you to get the very best care.

The questions here are those suggested by practicing physicians with many years of experience.  These questions involve mental health, psychiatry, as well as medical issues.

Studies over the years have demonstrated that patients want more information about health care, in particular, as related to them or their loved ones. Often, patients who come to the physicians’ office are already in a passive state of mind. They do not take part in making the medical diagnosis and usually do not enter into the decision-making process as to diagnostic testing, a treatment plan and alternatives. Evidence continues to grow that patients who are not involved in medical care and who are uninformed do not follow the treatment plan well and, in general, do not do as well.

Some physicians believe that they are the ones to make all decisions and assume that either the patient or the family does not need to know anything more than what he/she tells them. This type of physician does not take into consideration that the patient may have different goals or issues. There are other physicians who attempt to convey the diagnosis, treatment plan and need for additional tests, but the patient may not hear what is said or know what additional questions to ask. This holds true even if the physician asks whether there are any questions.

American Association for Emergency Psychiatry

American Association for Emergency Psychiatry or AAEP is a multidisciplinary organization that serves as the voice of emergency mental health. The membership includes directors of psychiatric emergency services, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, educators and other professionals involved in emergency psychiatry.

The AAEP sponsors educational programs and provides a network of experts to address clinical, educational, administrative, research and legal problems

Neuropsychological Assessment Need Tool (NANT)

The Neuropsychological Assessment Need Tool (NANT) is a quick and easy to use online application to help assess the need for a neuropsychological assessment.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that – prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation’s health.

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Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

The Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders contains medical articles on mental disorders and conditions. Over 150 mental disorders are organized alphabetically.

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Multisystemic Therapy
Opioids and Related Disorders
Origin of Mental illnesses
Positron Emission Tomography
Psychotherapy integration
Asperger’s Disorder
Bipolar Disorder

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Most humans pull, pluck, and pick at their hair, skin and nails in small amounts. But when these behaviors become excessive, they are considered disorders and can cause a lot of suffering. Though not well known, these disorders affect millions of people of all ages. The good news is: treatment and support are available.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research.  Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s, and they help to advance research and provide support, information and education to those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

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