Be specific about what you are going through. When describing a particular symptom, be sure to tell your doctor how it feels, when it started, what makes it better or worse, and how it affects or interferes with your life, said Donna Zulman, assistant professor of. primary care and population health at Stanford University School of Medicine. Don’t limit your relationship to physical symptoms: In recent months, “many people have experienced mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety and some are reluctant to talk about it,” Zulman noted. Your doctor wants to help you, so it’s best to commit to full disclosure, especially since “these are issues that affect other aspects of your health,” she said.