Making the most of time with your clinician

Even just having questions you can ask your doctor about is helpful . when you go to the appointments, you know what you want to talk about.

It is important to feel informed about bipolar II disorder (BPII) and your treatment options. Having the answers you want may help you to feel more confident about your choice and more in control of your treatment.

When you have an appointment or consultation with your clinician, you should have time to ask questions. Some people are afraid to ask questions, but it is your right to do so.

It is completely acceptable and important to ask your clinicians questions and raise options when discussing your treatment.

During the consultation, your clinician will not know if you are confused about something or need more information unless you ask about it. You might need to ask the same questions more than once if you don’t understand. Don’t be afraid to ask your clinicians the same questions again.

You also might have more questions after you have had a chance to think things over, so you can also ask how you can get information outside of the consultations. It is important to know a good, reliable source of facts about BPII treatment.

Consultation time is often limited so it is a good idea to prioritise questions. The following sections can help prepare you with this.