From heretohelp.ca, I’ve adapted their tips for talking with your provider.
Plan: think about what you’d like to talk about. Draw up a list with the most important topic on top.
Report: Let your provider know what you’d like to talk about.
Exchange information: Tell your provider what is wrong. You can print off online screening tools or bring a diary. It is helpful to bring a friend or family member to the appointment to help you describe your symptoms.
Participate: Discuss with your provider the different ways of handling your health problems. Ask questions so you understand the positive and negative aspects of management.
Agree: Try to reach an agreement with your provider about your next steps.
REpeat: Tell your doctor what you understand are the next steps.