Things psychiatrists should ask…

I like my psychiatrist. He’s thoughtful and actually listens to what I have to say. That being said, there are a lot of important questions him and other psychiatrists rarely ask.

  1. When was the last time you showered or bathed?
  2. How long does it take you to work up the courage to shower?
  3. Do you eat three healthy meals a day?
  4. Are you emotionally able to prepare a healthy meal?
  5. How often do you leave your apartment each week?
  6. When was the last time you left your apartment, other than for appointments?
  7. How long is the time between washing dishes?
  8. What is your favourite activity? How long has it been since you did this activity?
  9. How much sleep do you get a night?
  10. How often do you wake up during the night? And for how long?
  11. Do you forget things regularly? Have other people commented on it?
  12. When was the last time you cleaned your home?
  13. Are you a hoarder?
  14. Do you remember to take your pills regularly? How do you keep track of when you’ve taken them?

If you have any additional questions for psychiatrists, please leave them in the comments section. I think I had more but I’ve forgotten them.

15 thoughts on “Things psychiatrists should ask…

      • Yeah, I was thinking of some stuff like that. Like
        Is there someone you talk to casually? Is there more than one?
        Is there someone you can tell how you feel?
        Is there anyone you know that you do activities with (including a group you go to where you feel somewhat known)
        In an emotional emergency do you have someone you can comfortably call on?
        In a physical / health emergency do you have someone to call on?
        How often do you have a conversation with a friend or family member which last over 30 minutes?
        Does social anxiety prevent you from doing activities you would enjoy?

        I’m not sure those are really the best, some maybe should be “how many people” maybe, I just wrote what came to mind. Maybe a few of those?

  1. I also want something like:
    How long does it take you to get out of bed in the morning?
    Are you (emotionally) able to drive? Does it cause high anxiety?

    Also the hoarder one…… I want different wording or else maybe additional questions, because I think most hoarders would answer “no” because “hoarder” is not a clear thing. I think I’m kind of borderline, myself. I read a fantastic book about the psychology of hoarding and I so relate to many of the reasons, and clearly I keep stuff I don’t need. Like most hoarders, I think of a lot of stuff (like my books) as a collection.
    I’m not sure what questions to add. Here is what comes to mind:

    How often do you take all trash out of your home? Bottles? Cans? Old newspapers?
    Are there areas of your house (rooms, couches, doorways) that you can’t use because there is stuff stored there?

  2. How much candy or soda do you eat regularly? How much at once? (I am thinking of a time when I ate a lot of butterfingers candy bars. I can eat a lot of candy. I am really grateful I’m not eating sugar at all.)

  3. Maybe not applicable to everyone, but “how long does it take you to do activities such as grocery shopping? How long does it take you when you are not depressed?” I had to ask friends to shop for me because it was too overwhelming. I’d stand in front of the cheese section for 5-10 minutes deciding between tastier sharp cheddar or the less expensive medium. Shredded? Sliced? Brand name or store? Organic, regular… Just way too many choices and I’d leave the store with no cheese.

    Perhaps, do simple tasks take much longer than usual to complete?

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