Know your options

When you see a health professional be as open and honest as possible about what is going on with you. One way to help get the most out of the consultation is to ask questions

Asking questions can help you understand what you are going through and what support is available.

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Ask questions

Any question is okay to ask, but here are three questions people who have experienced anxiety and depression suggest are useful:

1. Know your options

Ask “What are all of my options?”

Knowing your options can help you to understand the range of actions and treatments that are available so that you can make an informed choice (learn about treatment options).

2. Decide together

Ask “What are the best options for me?”

Talk through the pros and cons for each option and decide together with your health professional. This may include talking about the side effects of medications and costs of different options. 

3. Feel better

Ask “When will I feel better?”

It’s important to know when your planned treatment is likely to start working. This will help you to know what to expect, and also when to go back to your health professional if the treatment isn't working.

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