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Mental Health FAQs

Depression and anxiety affect 1 in 4 people, but it's still hard for people to talk about. You can't always tell someone has a mental illness and there's no way to know for sure. Try to be a safe space for the people around you.

Emotional and mental health is important because it's a vital part of your life and impacts your thoughts, behaviours, and emotions.

Depression involves more than just sadness. Some situations are bound to make you feel sad. If sadness lasts for several months and is accompanied by other problems, you may be suffering from depression.

There are many different types of therapies that are practiced. Some include CBT, EFT, Integrative Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. It can be difficult to know what type of therapeutic approach you may need. After an initial assessment, a therapist will work with you to tailor a treatment plan and customize the therapeutic approach to fit your needs.

There's a few things you can do; be a safe space for them to open up without trying to diagnose or question their feelings. Keep things open ended and know your limits. If you fear they may be a harm to themselves, seek the help of a professional.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have completed specialized training in psychiatry. They can assess and diagnose mental conditions and are able to prescribe medications. They can use a mix of therapy and medication to treat people with mental health disturbances. A psychologist has a PhD or a PsyD in Psychology. a psychologist is highly trained to diagnose and treat mental, behavioural and emotional illnesses. They use psychological techniques and therapies such as CBT to treat mental illness rather than medications.

They often incorporate psychological tests or measures into their treatment. They may also perform psychological testing, research, or teach. Psychotherapists typically have a Masters degree and receive training in psychotherapy followed by a period of supervised clinical practice. There are many different therapies that can be offered under the umbrella of psychotherapy such as but not limited to: family therapy, art therapy, or substance abuse counseling that can help people improve their overall emotional well-being.

Clinical social workers have a Masters degree in Social Work. They assess mental health conditions through a biopsychosocial lens, seeing clients as part of the communities to which they belong, such as families, work environments, etc. They help treat and support individuals, groups and families struggling with emotional difficulties and often provide a combination of therapy and assistance with accessing community resources.

If you're constantly feeling down, one of the most important things to do is open up to someone. Most people feel more comfortable confiding in a close friend or family member, but seeking a professional is an option as well.

There are a few ways to ensure the therapist is right for you. Here are some ideas:

  • Ask a friend
  • Get intel on a therapist by researching their bio, background, education
  • Call them
  • Learn about different treatment orientations
  • Try a first session

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