A lot of people have trouble talking to doctors. A lot of people have trouble raising concerns unless they’re explicitly invited to do so.
It can be helpful to ask at the…
- Do not assume just because they SEEM calm that there is
nothing wrong with them. Some patients are too freaked out to be expressive.
- Do not insist that they see a psychiatrist the second they start showing emotion or crying, no matter WHAT their mental health history is. Being ill or in pain is scary and patients have every right to react to that fear.
- Do not walk out of the room until your patient has expressed that they are satisfied with the conclusion. Just because they’re quiet doesn’t mean they’re done, it can often mean they need a second to think.