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Credit: Lorre Leon Mendelson, Nashville, TN • 3rd Place Winner in the 2007 DBSA Facing Us Video Contest, Facing Relationships

Tip prepare ahead of time for your appointments

I keep a special folder (bright color so I won't lose it so easily) just for my psychiatrist and therapy appointments. I put anything I want to show them such as information about medicines I want to know about, programs I want to get into, or poems I wrote. I also put my list of questions I always have built up since my last appointment. Of course I bring my "bipolar calendar" where I chart my daily sleep, mood and medicine intake. By having this folder I usually get to cover evrything I want to ask while I am with my doctor insteadf walking out and 2 minutes after the appointment saying," oh no, I wanted to ask.....!!!" Then have to wait another month or two before I can ask him.

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