Whenever we talk about things like antidepressants or therapy, we recommend that you talk to your doctor or a mental health professional about the options that are right for you. It’s an extremely important step, but it can also be intimidating. When you need that first referral, think you might benefit from a prescription, or just want a professional opinion, you first have to find a way to broach the subject with your doctor — something that’s potentially very difficult if you’re coping with anxiety, and is not often easy for anyone.
Mind understands what you’re going through. The mental-health charity, based out of the UK, has put together a campaign to help you #findthewords to talk to your physician about your mental health. Along with the video above, they offer a guide with details and worksheets that will make preparing for your appointment easier.
Mind’s recommendations include things like writing down your symptoms and concerns, asking for a longer appointment so you don’t have to worry about time pressure, focusing on how you feel during the appointment rather than whether or not you meet a diagnosis, and maybe even bringing a friend or family member along for support.
We’ll add one more: if you manage to get to the doctor and open up about your concerns, give yourself a pat on the back. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes it takes more than one try, but setting out to get the help you need is a big deal, and you should be proud of yourself for taking the first steps.