Talking About Your Manic Depression with a Psychiatrist You walk into the receptionist office. You feel as if there's a neon sign above your head blinking: 'I have manic depression.' Rest assured, there is no sign over your head. Even if there were some announcement of your manic depression - also called bipolar disorder -- as you walk in for your initial visit, the others in the waiting room would pay little attention. The receptionist and staff who work for the psychiatrist understand mental health concerns and view your visit as beneficial. The others in the waiting room all have similar issues they're dealing with. If they're not battling manic depression, they're dealing with another mental health issue. So, relax. You're among friends here. Be prepared when you talk to your psychiatrist for the first time about your manic depressionmanic depression are unproductive. This is, in fact, normal. Remember that you're working towards building a long-term relationship with this health care professional. He'll eventually be a valued and trusted team member treating you for your manic depression. As with any person with whom we confide in, it takes a certain amount of time to build a rapport. A psychiatrist is capable of prescribing medications for manic depression. If he prescribes medication for you, be sure that you fully understand how you're to take them. Make sure he knows if you're taking any other prescription drugs for any other health concerns - not just those related to your manic depression. If after a reasonable amount of time you still feel uncomfortable or have doubts about some of his information he's providing you, then, by all means, seek a second opinion. You are not obligated to stay with a particular psychiatrist simply because you started seeing him for your manic depression. If you don't trust your psychiatrist, it'll be very difficult for you to benefit from your manic depression treatment. Start searching for another professional. If your psychiatrist has prescribed medication to treat your manic depression, remember that the drugs will take a few weeks to really take effect. However, if you believe after several months the drug is not working, don't be afraid to voice this to your psychiatrist. Sometimes it's not the drug itself that's not working, just the specific dosage he's prescribing. If your medication or manic depression is not working, you may want to suggest before you toss that specific medication out, that the dosage be adjusted to better suit your symptoms for manic depression. Remember that any treatment of your manic depressionmanic depression is YOU. to be defensive. It's a natural reaction.

The psychiatrist will be asking you all sorts of questions to elicit information about your background and your underlying problems. During your first visit for manic depression, be as honest with this professional as you can be. As you slowly create a bond with this individual, you'll discover that you'll be able to confide in him about more issues. For the moment, though, you're both getting to know each other. You may feel that your first three or four visits to your psychiatrist to discuss your is a team effort. The team isn't just composed of the professional you visit. A vital team member in your treatment of