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A PhD psychologist showed me this site and I found this. It is WONDERFUL, imo!



Reclaiming your power during medication appointments with your psychiatrist By Patricia Deegan, Ph.D.

Reclaim Your Power

A portion:

Meeting with a psychiatrist during "medication appointments" is usually a very disempowering experience. The meetings usually last for 15 or 20 minutes. During the meeting we are expected to answer a few perfunctory questions and to leave with prescriptions for powerful drugs that can dramatically alter the quality of our lives. In these meetings the psychiatrist assumes a position of power and we usually fulfill the expected role of being a quiet, unquestioning, passive patient. Subsequently we will be praised for merely being compliant or scolded/punished if we fail to comply with prescribed medications. Over the years I have developed a number of strategies for changing the power imbalance during medication meetings with psychiatrists. I would like to share some of these strategies with you.

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Good site!

I especially like the "learn about the meds" part.  Without that, you really can't do much to help the pdoc with what may be ailing you.

However, and I didn't see this on my skim-through, being assertive is good if you don't have a pdoc like mine that actually *dialogues* with you.  But as long as you ask questions and hold out for real answers, you're doing good.

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