At Total Learning Centers, we understand that mental health issues not only affect the individual, but the entire family. Here are a few suggestions on how to report symptoms to a psychiatrist:

Develop a Chart

Create a simple chart that lists symptoms at their best, symptoms at their worst and current symptoms. These symptoms should apply to the following categories:

  • Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Eating habits
  • Anger
  • Excitability
  • Impulsiveness
  • Sleep Habits
  • Complaining of stomach aches or headaches

Of course, there will be times when the current symptoms overlap with the best or the worst. However, providing this chart for the psychiatrist to read is the most time efficient way for the psychiatrist to truly understand your child and ask the most appropriate questions. Update this chart for each visit, as this will assist in the titration of medications.

Creating a List of History

Creating a bullet point list of their history with these symptoms, as well as the events that preceded these incidents, will give your psychiatrist a more comprehensive understanding of their symptoms and their history with these symptoms. This will allow the psychiatrist to recognize the “triggers” that your child may struggle with and help your child overcome these reactions when they are faced with their triggers in the future. This will only be necessary for the initial visit.

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