Questions to ask your therapist

  • What is the diagnosis?
  • What can I expect if I do not get treatment? What happens if I do nothing?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • What are the benefits and harms (costs) of the treatment options?
  • How long will it take?
  • What results can I expect?
  • How much time and/or effort will it take me?
  • What will it cost me?
  • Is there anything that would complicate treatment? (other problems such as depression or substance misuse may make treatment more difficult and take longer to see benefits)
  • Can we make a time to review progress and if necessary revise our treatment plan?
  • Are these the latest treatment guidelines for my condition? Can you recommend any reading material including self-help books?
  • How do the benefits and harms weigh up for me?
  • Can I speak to someone who has been through treatment with you or to someone who has been through this procedure with other therapists?

Questions to ask about medication

  • What is the name of the medicine?
  • What is the dosage?
  • When and how often do I take the medicine?
  • What are the side effects? Will I be tired, hungry, thirsty etc?
  • Are there any foods I should not eat while taking it?
  • Can I have beer, wine or other alcoholic drinks?
  • Can I take the medicine with other medicines I am taking?
  • What do I do if I forget to take the medicine?
  • How long will I have to take the medicine?
  • What are the chances of getting better with this treatment?
  • How will I know if the medicine is working or not?
  • What is the cost of the medicine?
  • Any other questions?

Key questions to ask

  • How many people with panic disorder have you treated?
  • Do you have any special training in panic disorder treatment?
  • What is your basic approach to treatment - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, medication or both?
  • If you provide only one type of treatment, how do I get the other if I need it?
  • How long is a typical course of treatment?
  • How frequent are treatment sessions? How long does each session last?
  • What are your fees?
  • Can you help me determine whether my health insurance will cover fees?