Preparing for Psychiatrist Appt
Hi! I know I haven't posted here in a long time, but I thought this community was exactly the right place to come for advice on this question. I hope that's okay.
I have an appointment with a psychiatrist in April - finally, after months of pushing! The plan is for the psychiatrist to see if a formal diagnosis is appropriate before the psychotherapy team can see if they can help me, but I'm not sure exactly what they're looking for. A CBT therapist suggested that avoidant personality disorder might be something to look into, but I'm a little dubious.
Anyway, the big question is how do I prepare? In the past I have had assessments with various teams where I've just been discharged afterwards for appearing to be fine, and I've not put in this much effort to get to see someone for that to happen again. I wonder if I should do some reading, or if I should avoid reading up about mental health conditions? Should I prepare a list of everything I feel is wrong to make sure I say everything that needs to be said?
How did you prepare for your first psychiatrist appointment? What was the outcome?
Thanks for reading :)