What's the Difference Between a GP Psychotherapist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and a Registered Psychotherapist?

By Ava Kavianpour (Get Well Clinic)

 

Mental health is equally as important as physical health, and we must take care of both aspects of our lives. With the many options available, finding mental health support can sometimes be confusing. Psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioner psychotherapists and registered psychotherapists are mental health professionals that are similar in what they cover, but there are also differences between them. Continue reading for a summary of each specialty and what they can offer you.

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Mental Health and Exercise

By Nadia Butt [Get Well Clinic]

 

Defining mental illness and mental health

Mental illness is when the brain is not working the way it should, and as a result, it affects how a person behaves, thinks and feels. Mental illness often disrupts a person’s ability to function in society and interact with others (American Psychiatric Association, 2018). There is a collection of different types of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Individuals with mental illness may experience sadness, extreme feelings of worry, anger and/or mood changes (Lobo & Agius, 2012).  However, since mental illnesses are on a spectrum, the severity of symptoms vary between individuals (Lobo & Agius, 2012). 

Figure 1. Mental Health Continuum Model (Every Moment Counts, n.d.)

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND SERVICES

By: Farheen Khan, Get Well Clinic

 

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on our daily lives. As we’ve continuously adapted to novel changes and restrictions, many of us have been faced with additional challenges. Below is a list of remote and in-person services that may help alleviate some of the stressors that you may be facing during these unprecedented times.

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Mental Health for Frontline Healthcare Workers

 

We know its tough. We're here to help.

If it works for us, it works for you as well.

Take care of yourself.

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers
(Thank you Melanie Joanisse, C. Psych for this helpful guide)

 

 

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