Outside consultations with clinicians

At home, your family members can help you to:

  • reflect on what is important to you and what matters to you about the different treatment options, so you have a clearer idea of your preferences
  • weigh up the pros (i.e. benefits) and cons (i.e. side effects or risks) of all of the treatment options available, and how they would impact you
  • get more information about the recommended treatment option
  • have more realistic expectations about treatment benefits (for example, there may be delayed effects)
  • work through any concerns, uncertainties or reluctance you have about starting or continuing treatment
  • recognise mood changes, and identify your early warning signs or triggers for relapse.

Family

Your family may also encourage you to continue seeing your clinician, especially if your side effects or symptoms worsen.

Outside consultations, family can help gather information and consider the available treatment options.

Many people with BPII appreciate the support of family members and wish to involve family members when making decisions about treatment. Clinicians usually also appreciate family involvement.

People with BPII may wish to involve family in a small way or in a large way, or at different stages of decision-making (for example, before or after discussing treatment options with their clinician, before or after making a decision).

As long you are well enough, it is ultimately your choice how and how much to involve your family in decisions. It may also be helpful to discuss with your clinician if and how you would like them to involve your family if you are unwell. Keeping this in mind, it is important that your family talks to you about how much they would like to be involved and if they would like to attend a consultation.