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Preparing for your Appointment

Preparing for your appointment In the beginning of treatment, the therapist will gather basic information in order to understand the client’s issues and concerns. It is therefore helpful to take steps to prepare for your first appointment. If it sometimes helpful to take a family member or friend along with you for your first appointment. […]

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Social stigma is severe social disapproval of a person because of a particular trait that indicates their deviance from social norms. Unfortunately, stigma is common regarding individuals who have a mental health condition. One of the adverse effects of stigma is that it can lead to discrimination. The discrimination may be overt, such as someone […]

Medications

EDICATION BASICS What are psychiatric medications? Apsychiatric medication is a psychoactive drug taken to exert an effect on the chemical makeup of the brain and nervous system. These medications are used to treat mental disorders. Usually prescribed in psychiatric settings, these medications are typically made of synthetic chemical compounds, although some are naturally occurring, or […]

Assessments

Psychiatric/Psychological Assessments Apsychiatric or psychological evaluation is a process of gathering information about a person with the purpose of making a diagnosis. The evaluation is usually the first stage of a treatment process. The nature of the evaluation will depend on whether it is being done by a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health clinician. […]

Choosing a Therapist

Just like when hiring any professional, feel confident that you are allowed to ask questions ahead of time. Most therapists do not have secretaries and you will be speaking to them directly when you make the initial call for an appointment. Try and prepare ahead of time a few things that you feel are important […]

Mental Health Therapies

The two main types of therapy utilized for mental health disorders are psychotherapy and drug therapy. What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy (or counseling) is a type of treatment that is meant to improve your emotional and mental well-being by talking about your issues or problems. Sometimes treatment will involve the combination of psychotherapy and medication. Psychotherapy […]

Types of Mental Health Providers

Psychiatrist A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. As medical doctors, they are qualified to prescribe medication. Most psychiatrists only prescribe meds and do not provide psychotherapy. Patients often benefit from the combination of psychotherapy and meds. It is therefore common to have […]

The World Of Mental Health Services

Many people diagnosed with mental illness achieve strength and recovery through participating in individual or group treatment. There are many different treatment options available. There is no treatment that works for everyone – individuals can choose the treatment, or combination of treatments, that works best. Psychotherapy – Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided […]

Do I need help?

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Health Disorders Mental health disorders rarely appear out of nowhere. Most often family, friends, teachers, or individuals themselves recognize that something is not quite right about their behavior, thinking or feelings, before one of these disorders appears in its full-blown form. Being informed about developing symptoms or early warning […]