When you’re experiencing a major mood episode, having key information available is essential to ensure that everyone on your treatment team is brought into the loop and the doctor on call has detailed information about your medications.
If everything’s on an even keel right now, you probably don’t want to think about the possibility of a future crisis, but a period of relative calm is the best time to prepare.
Prepare an information sheet that contains all of the following information:
- Medications, dosages, how many times a day you take each medication and when
- Doctor’s name and phone number
- Therapist’s name and phone number
- Other people to call and their phone numbers
- Psychiatric facility of preference if hospitalization is necessary
- Health insurance company name, phone number, and member ID
- Employer name and phone number, the name of the person to speak with, and what to tell/not tell the person
Carry this information with you at all times and consider providing a close friend or family member with a copy, so if they’re called upon to help, they have the information they need. You may also want to supply the person with a signed authorization that permits medical personnel to communicate with certain people.
One other thing you may want to consider is to carry two days’ worth of medications with you to avoid any interruption in your medication regimen.
Visit again on Thursday to read the next post in this series: “What To Do in a Psychiatric Crisis.”
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