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Maybe it's because I'm OCD, but I like to have an agenda for my meeting. But, I've yet to find a format I'm happy with.

I like to go over ratings of anxiety and depression, update my doctor on the meds I'm taking to make sure we both are on the same page (sometimes he 'forgets' I still take something, etc.).

Then I try to sneak in a psychotherapy topic in the last few minutes, something practical about life.

What format do your 20 minute meetings usually take?

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My meetings typically consist of me over explaining every symptom and how they relate, there is very little order other than a start and a finish. I think I could benefit from a little order but I get very apprehensive about my meetings and once I walk through the door I get very anxious, so I just blab.

Have you talked to your therapist about this? I don't know much about the treatment of OCD but I believe a big part of it is stepping outside your danger zone to reinforce the idea of safety. Maybe you could benefit from a little less order, who knows.

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I don't plan anything out ahead of time, unless I'm having a particular issue. Then I may write it down so I don't forget. I'm doing well so my appointments are mainly for med refills. He does ask me about how I'm doing.

My tdoc appointments are longer and I try to think about something to discuss.

You sound more organized.

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If I organize too much, I'm not giving the doctor much room to do his thing. I guess I try to plan it so carefully because I know I'll only get 20 minutes, and then i'll have to wait a while before I can get expert advice again.

it's like, you only get 3 wishes (and you can't wish for more wishes), so how are you going to use them? In this case, I get 20 minutes. It scares the bajeebes out of me.

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I hardly speak at all with my pdoc unless my appointment is somehow after tdoc so basically my 20 minutes is answering question about medication and he will ask a question or two that are personal come to think of it he probably has an agenda it all seems rather routine maybe I should write down an agenda of questions that I am concerned with it would have to be important I dont wont to piss him off

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I find that the times I feel I need an agenda, I'm most in need of being brutally honest about WHY that is. I wish we could put our social sensibilities aside sometimes, but old habits die hard, even when we CAN let go...

You're right... Ill definitely remember this.

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I don't have any agenda. I go there only to talk about meds. He always tries to inject something about my life into the discussion, but I don't like that because he can't help me with my problems. When he does that, I always walk away feeling worse because he is not the most positive person in the world.

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I don't even get prescriptions from him when I go. I fill out my prescriptions on a mail pharmacy order form (my insurance company requires this) and mail them to him, he signs them, and faxes them into the pharmacy.

So, usually my appointments never line up with when I need refills, and even if they did, we still have to fill out the form.

So, if all I'm doing is driving an hour to go talk to him for 20 minutes, I figure I should at least talk about something important. You just can't fix life in 20 minutes.

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I actually collect questions and observations between visits, and make a list of symptoms I have been having, because if I wait until I see him to tell him, I am only going to be able to tell him what is going on with me right that second. I write it all down the night before my visit.

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