Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

It's a good idea to be well-prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready and know what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

Before your appointment make a list of:

  • Any behavior problems or emotional issues you've noticed, and include any signs or symptoms that may seem unrelated to the reason for your child's appointment
  • Key personal information, including any major stresses or life changes that you or your child have been through
  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements your child is taking, including the dosages
  • Questions to ask your child's doctor

For signs and symptoms that could be caused by attachment problems, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my child's behavior problems or emotional issues?
  • Are there other possible causes?
  • What kinds of tests does my child need?
  • What's the best treatment?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
  • My child has these other mental or physical health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there any restrictions that my child needs to follow?
  • Should I take my child to see other specialists? Will my insurance cover that?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing for my child?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your doctor

Your child's doctor or mental health provider is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Some questions the doctor may ask include:

  • When did you first notice problems with your child's behavior or emotional responses?
  • Have your child's behavioral or emotional issues been continuous or occasional?
  • How are your child's behavioral or emotional issues interfering with his or her ability to function or interact with others?
  • Can you describe your child's and the family's home and living situation since birth?
  • Can you describe interactions with your child?
Jul. 10, 2014

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