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How to Partner with Your Mental Health Provider 

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Managing your mental health symptoms can be complex and overwhelming at times. Your healthcare provider can be your trusted partner in helping you manage and control your condition. Open communication with your healthcare provider can help you more easily adjust to starting a new medication, nutritional supplements, or changing your current regimen. 

Dr. Dave Scheiderer, an accomplished mental health clinician and Director of Education for Integrative Psychiatry, says it is important to be fully aware of how your experiences and different treatment methods, with both lifestyle changes and medication or supplements, may make you feel.

Here are a few ways to work in tandem with your healthcare provider.

1) Know the lingo

Find resources, like our library of Integrative Psychiatry Articles, and continue to learn all you can about your mental health condition. For example, if you are bipolar, do you know what a mixed episode is? Or, do you know what the possible symptoms are for both mania and bipolar 1 depression?

When describing your mental health symptoms, knowing the basic lingo will help you and your provider speak the same language and make better sense of what you are going through.

2) Track your moods

Track your moods with a mood chart. It helps you become aware of how severe your symptoms might be from day to day. Your mood chart can also show how long your symptoms last, how much sleep you’re getting, and how any recent major life events make you feel. 

There are often patterns between one’s life events or lifestyle changes and a shift in a person’s symptoms. Once you know what these factors are, sometimes called triggers, you can more easily identify the rise of symptomatic episodes by recognizing the pattern in your mood chart and then taking appropriate steps. 

3) Know your mental health history

This is a fuller look at the mood tracker. It is important to keep a record of major mood episodes, the things that were happening in your life at that time, what your medications or supplements were at the time and if you or any family member has ever been hospitalized for a mood episode. By documenting your lived experience, your health provider will be able to identify important details, detect trends and more easily recognize symptoms. All of this can help your provider better manage your mental health needs. 

4) Track your medications and supplements

If you are taking medication (or natural supplements) to treat a mental health condition, it is important to take your medication/supplement as your prescriber has instructed. You should reach out to that provider with any questions you may have regarding your treatment. If you are taking multiple medications and supplements, make sure you understand and are clear on how and when to take each as prescribed. 

These are just a few tips that can help you on your treatment journey. You can learn more about Dr. Dave or schedule a consultation online or in person to achieve harmony and whole-body wellness.

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Meet Dr. Dave

Dr. David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education for Integrative Psychiatry, Inc. 

An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields of both mainstream psychiatry and functional medicine. Dissatisfied with the patient outcomes using only conventional treatments, he began treating his patients by addressing biological imbalances with lifestyle improvements, nutrition and nutraceuticals to get better outcomes. His integrative approach provided much improved results. Dr. Dave is passionate about helping the community he serves by personalizing treatments and educating the public about mental health and healthy aging. He has formulated several of our supplements and sat on the advisory board for many others, ensuring the products we carry are based on science and experience and have the best efficacy rates and highest ingredient quality available.

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