QUESTIONS WE WILL EXPLORE IN SESSION 1
YOUR SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS: Tell
me about your symptoms, and how long you have been ill. Have you
had a formal diagnosis from a medical practitioner? How severe are your symptoms on your 'bad' days?
BEFORE YOU BECAME ILL: Tell
me about any life challenges you may have been facing in the two
years, and especially the few weeks or months, before you became
ill, such as family relationships, bereavement, difficulties at
work, challenges or loss of a job, etc. What was happening in
your life when you first became ill?
SINCE YOU BECAME ILL: Tell me how
your life has changed since you became ill. What activities are
you no longer able to do? What activities are you still able to
do, if any? Are you able to engage in anything that you enjoy doing?
WHEN YOUR SYMPTOMS BECOME MUCH WORSE: Have you noticed times when your symptoms become much worse, or you have had a relapse? If
so, please think about what was happening in your life at these
times. Tell me about these times. And tell me what you do when
your symptoms are at their worst.
WHEN YOUR SYMPTOMS IMPROVE: Have you noticed times when your symptoms improve, if only a little? If so,
please think about what was happening in your life at these times.
Tell me about these times. And tell me what you do when your symptoms
are at their best.
YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK: Do you
have anyone to support you through these above challenges? If
yes, who supports you and in what ways?
WHO DO YOU SUPPORT? Do you have
any responsibility for anyone besides yourself? If yes, please
tell me who and describe the ways you try to care or support other people
and/or carry out your work.
OTHER TREATMENTS YOU HAVE TRIED: What other treatments or medications have you tried, and what medications are you currently taking? Tell me how they have or have not helped you.