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Wondering if your doctor knows best? Why it's important to comply with your treatment plan

Compliance is a term that comes up in a lot of health-related areas—for example, whether or not a person is complying with a new diet and exercise plan. Healthcare professionals use this term almost every day when discussing whether or not a patient or consumer sticks with a clinician’s treatment recommendations.

Why is it sometimes so hard for us to be compliant, be it with our new workout regimen or treatment recommendations? When we are introduced to anything new, it’s common to be driven by many different thoughts, emotions and motivations. We question the new information and whether the decision will benefit our lives—to do this is only normal.

When it comes to mental health symptoms, the new information that comes with a treatment plan may only add to what can be a very overwhelming and stressful time for you and your family. You are probably processing a great deal of new information and possibly dealing with changes in your daily life. This is also a time when you are asked to make a lot of decisions about treatment options, and at times it is challenging to figure out what might be best for you. When dealing with a new situation that can take time to fully understand, like a new diagnosis, it can be even more difficult to be compliant with treatment recommendations.

During this stressful time, it’s important to remember that we—your treatment team—are here to help. We want to join you as a partner to make decisions regarding your care. After learning about your personal story and experiences, we will provide you with our best treatment recommendations based on clinical research, take time to explain your treatment options and listen to your opinions and concerns. Our goal is to work with you to create a treatment plan that you feel comfortable with and are eager to actively participate in.

Are you struggling to comply with your current treatment plan or questioning recommendations? If so, please take the time to discuss your questions or concerns with your treatment team. No question is too small. By working together and creating an open dialogue, we can make the road to recovery a smoother one and work together toward success.

Jeanette Beyer, NP

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