10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about...


  1. What causes schizophrenia? Can it be cured?

  2. What can medication do for me?

  3. Does medication cause side effects? What should I do about these side effects?

  4. How long does it usually take until I feel better? What if medication doesn’t work for me or the side effects bother me too much?

  5. If medication helped me to get better, how long will I need to take it?

  6. How does psychotherapy help with schizophrenia?

  7. What other things can I do to help manage this condition?

  8. What is important for my friends and family to know about my condition?

  9. What can I do to avoid getting psychotic again? What are the signs of recurring psychosis?

  10. What symptoms should I (or my friends or family) consider an emergency? How do I (or my friends or family) reach you in an emergency?

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Reference: Mental Health and Behavior section on Better Medicine

What to Ask Your Doctor About Schizophrenia

Be prepared to ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment for schizophrenia.

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