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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a mental health therapist and a mental health physician?
A mental health therapist (clinical psychologist, social worker, or other mental health professional) uses psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to facilitate personal change through self-knowledge, emotional acceptance, and growth. A mental health physician is a general practitioner trained in diagnosing and managing mental health conditions, and can provide prescription medication, if necessary.
What’s the difference between a psychiatrist and a mental health physician?
Both a psychiatrist and mental health physician are medical doctors. A psychiatrist completes additional training to obtain a specialization in psychiatry, which includes specific education in preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental conditions. A mental health physician is a general practitioner who is trained in family medicine with a focus on specific mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression, while also providing an overall view of your health.
When should you seek professional mental health support?
It’s normal to feel stressed out or depressed from time to time, but generally, it’s a good idea to seek help if your mood is disrupted for two weeks or more, or if your mood prevents you from fulfilling routine responsibilities.
What kind of medication can be prescribed by a mental health physician in Canada?
A mental health physician is able to prescribe medication that is pertinent to the condition at hand.
Some of the most common medications for mental health issues are:
- Tricyclic antidepressants, e.g. Elavil
- Atypical antidepressants, e.g. bupropion (Wellbutrin)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), e.g. escitalopram (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac),
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), e.g. duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine (Effexor)
- Other medications like trazorel (Trazodone), a serotonin modulator that enhances antidepressant effects
What causes mental health problems?
Mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. Research shows that some mental illnesses are based on your unique brain chemistry, and some are hereditary. Prolonged exposure to difficult, stressful or traumatic situations can also result in mental health problems.
Can I get an assessment without video chat?
Yes, you can. Along with video, audio chat is available for the purpose of your medical assessment and an accurate diagnosis.
Can I see the same mental health physician after my initial assessment?
Yes, you’ll be able to speak with the same physician for a follow-up appointment if you’d like extra mental health guidance.
Do I need a referral to see a mental health physician in Canada?
No, you do not need a referral to see one in Canada. You can access one on Maple right from this page.
Do mental health physicians on Maple accept insurance?
If you have private insurance, you may be eligible for coverage depending on your plan. Please check directly with your insurer.