When your patient has mental health considerations
I notice [a specific behavior exhibited by the patient]. Can you tell me how you are feeling so I can help?
I don’t really want to talk about it. I don’t believe in “therapists.”
Many of my patients with epilepsy also have challenges with mental health. It can help to have someone on the team with experience in [symptom]. Would you be open to having a conversation with them? The good news is there are lots of ways we can help you get through this, including medications or community services. How do you feel if I make a referral I trust and has helped many of my patients?