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Schizophrenia Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you, or your loved one, still taking medicine to treat schizophrenia? How often do you, or your loved one, miss a dose?
  • How well are you, or your loved one, functioning in daily life, including activities such as eating, bathing and dressing?
  • When did you first notice symptoms?
  • Have these symptoms been constant or do they come and go?
  • What other medical conditions do you, or your loved one, have?
  • What medications do you, or your loved one, take? Do you, or your loved one, ever use illegal or mind-altering drugs?
  • Is there a family history of schizophrenia?
  • What side effects are you noticing?
  • What is your main concern about a schizophrenia diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms are you or your loved one experiencing?
  • Have you seen improvements in your, or your loved one's, symptoms?
  • Are you, or your loved one, able to function at work or school?
  • Are you, or your loved one, using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs?
  • Do you think about hurting or killing yourself? For loved ones, does your loved one talk about self-injury or suicide?
  • Describe your, or your loved one's, symptoms. Do they include false beliefs not rooted in reality, hallucinations, disorganized speech, flat affect, or inability to make decisions or follow directions?
  • What is the most likely cause of the symptoms?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to the symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose schizophrenia? What is the criteria?
  • Is schizophrenia a lifelong condition?
  • How do you treat schizophrenia? Is it curable?
  • What are the possible side effects of schizophrenia medications?
  • What kinds of counseling or support can augment medication treatment?
  • What is the next step or alternative if my current treatment doesn't work?
  • What other conditions are more likely to develop with schizophrenia?
  • What are the warning signs that a serious problem is developing? How do I reach you in an emergency?
  • How can I best support and assist my loved one?
  • Could another medication be as effective with fewer side effects?
  • Are these new symptoms related to schizophrenia or its treatment?
  • What is the best treatment plan?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Schizophrenia. American Psychiatric Association. https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/schizophrenia/what-is-schizophrenia
  2. Schizophrenia. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizophrenia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354443 
  3. Schizophrenia. National Institute of Mental Health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml

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