Questions to Ask - Bipolar Disorder

Questions to Ask
Patient Guide: Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Questions to Ask

From your initial diagnosis throughout your treatment and care, you will have questions about your bipolar disorder. Below is a list of questions to discuss with your doctor so you can make informed decisions about your condition.      
  • Is bipolar disorder likely causing my symptoms or condition?
  • Other than the most likely cause, what are other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
  • What kinds of tests will I need?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What Web sites do you recommend visiting 
  • What treatment is likely to work best for me?
  • Should I see a psychiatrist or other mental health provider? What will that cost, and will my insurance cover seeing a specialist?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you’re suggesting?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you’re prescribing me?
  • What are changes required in my current lifestyle including diet? Will I be able to work efficiently?
  • Is it hereditary disease? Will I pass the condition to my children?
  • Does bipolar have anything to do with my disturbed childhood development?
  • Which family members should know about my disorder?
  • If we have a family history of diabetes, blood pressure or cholesterol, could that worsen my bipolar symptoms?