How to Prepare for Your Doctor Visit for Major Depressive Disorder

Having made your appointment with a healthcare provider, there are certain actions you can take to maximize the benefit of your doctor visit for major depression, and are listed below in this patient education guide.

  • Write down a list of all your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to depression such as stomach aches, headaches, trouble sleeping, or loss of appetite.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins, and supplements that you’re taking. Include the dosage you are taking of each.
  • Write down key personal information, including prior illnesses, chronic illnesses, diet and exercise habits, and any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Be prepared to talk about difficult topics such as troubles in your life or whether you have ever thought about suicide.
  • Be prepared to answer many questions and to take an active role in managing your disease. Depression is a complex disease that requires ongoing medical care and active participation by patients.