Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
health professional diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to
answer the following questions:
- How long have you had suicidal
- How often do you think about committing
- What was going on in your life when you first noticed the
depressed or suicidal feelings?
- Have you ever had similar thoughts
in the past? If so, did you seek and receive treatment?
- Have you
attempted suicide in the past? If so, did you seek and receive
- Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental health
problem, such as severe
- Has a family member or
close friend ever attempted or committed suicide?
- Has anyone in
your family ever been diagnosed with a mental health problem, such as
depression or schizophrenia?
- Have you had a recent stressful event
in your life?
- Do you keep guns in your home?
- Are you a
regular or heavy user of alcohol or illegal drugs? Have you used alcohol or
illegal drugs to reduce symptoms of depression?
- Are you taking any
prescription or nonprescription medicine? If so, make a list of your medicines
and take it with you.
- Are you taking a medicine to treat
depression? What is the medicine? When did you start the
- Do you have any
risk factors that make you more likely to have suicidal thoughts?
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 27, 2012
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