Psychiatric treatment is not about feeling better, although most people do feel better. Treatment is about regaining freedom. People who are less confined by psychiatric conditions can function better, handle discomfort and find meaning in their lives.
You may have been given multiple diagnoses, or maybe this is the first time you are seeking treatment. Often, people are experiencing difficulties for a while before seeking treatment or have seen multiple practitioners that did not pan out. A diagnosis is an abstraction used to describe patterns of symptoms. Psychiatric problems are more than the diagnoses used to label them.
I will work with you towards a treatment that optimizes your choices. Working together means that you play an active role in your treatment including following reasonable recommendations and taking the actions necessary for wellness. Depending on the circumstances, this may include recommendations for psychotherapy, intensive outpatient programs or even inpatient treatment when required. Being an active and responsible partner in treatment lends itself to better outcomes for the many aspects of your life (social, family, work, etc.)
One thing to know about me is that I am open to differences in opinion. I am not always right. I am willing to change my mind, to tell you when I am not sure and to adjust treatment as necessary. I hope that you, too, will keep an open mind about your treatment as well.