I have written up a list of questions for a new psychiatrist, and wanted to have you guys look over them and tell me if you have any suggestions. Some of them I took from a website (thank you small world) and some I made up. Any feedback would be great. I have an appointment with one psychiatrist next week. --How the physician interacts with child, parent and family --Openness to questions, new information, second opinions and expert consultation --Does s/he keep up with education by attendance at professional meetings, courses and reading scientific peer reviewed journals? --What is the doctor's general attitude about childhood bipolar disorder and how does it relate to comorbid disorders? --What is the role of mood stabilization? --How are comorbid diagnoses treated? --What is a reasonable length of time for trying a course of treatment before considering a medication change? --Is the physician willing to work in conjunction with the socialworker, counselor or psychologist who is providing therapy for the family/child? --Who provides emergency and backup coverage when the physician is unavailable? --What would your reaction be if I do not agree with your opinion regarding a medication and do not want to use it? --How is it best to communicate with you? Do you respond in a timely manner? --Are you willing to meet with both difficult child and I together and separately if needed? --How long to you schedule for your appts? medication checks or others.