Preparing For Your Appointment with your Health Professional

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You can help your health professional diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • How long have you had suicidal thoughts?
  • How often do you think about committing suicide?
  • What was going on in your life when you first noticed the depressed or suicidal feelings?
  • Have you ever had similar thoughts in the past? If so, did you seek and receive treatment?
  • Have you attempted suicide in the past? If so, did you seek and receive treatment?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental health problem, such as severe anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia?
  • Has a family member or close friend ever attempted or committed suicide?
  • Has anyone in your family ever been diagnosed with a mental health problem, such as depression or schizophrenia?
  • Have you had a recent stressful event in your life?
  • Do you keep guns in your home?
  • Are you a regular or heavy user of alcohol or illegal drugs? Have you used alcohol or illegal drugs to reduce symptoms of depression?
  • Are you taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine? If so, make a list of your medicines and take it with you.
  • Are you taking a medicine to treat depression? What is the medicine? When did you start the medicine?
  • Do you have any risk factors that make you more likely to have suicidal thoughts?

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