Treatment and Following Up with Your Providers

In Canada, mental health support and treatment plans can vary based on the individual’s needs, the severity of your condition, and available resources. Here are some types of treatment plans that can be available to you:

  • Counseling and Therapy:This includes various forms of talk therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT). These therapies aim to help you address your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors related to mental health issues.
  • Medication: Psychiatrists may prescribe medications like antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics to address symptoms of mental health disorders. Combining medication with therapy is common for a more holistic approach to treatment. It’s advisable to establish a rapport with your psychiatrist or pharmacist for periodic reviews of prescribed medications, ensuring ongoing safety and effectiveness. These check-ins allow your doctor to adjust your medication regimen as needed for optimal results. Caution: 2 weeks follow-up checks any initial reactions your body may have to medication. After 6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) your body has adjusted to the medication, you and your doctor can determine if the medication is being effective or not.
  • Support Groups: These are facilitated groups where you meet other individuals with similar mental health challenges to share experiences, coping strategies, and emotional support. Support groups can be beneficial for reducing isolation and learning from others’ experiences.
  • Hospitalization: In severe cases or during mental health crises, hospitalization in psychiatric facilities may be necessary. This can provide intensive care, stabilization, and access to specialized mental health professionals.
  • Community Mental Health Programs: Many communities in Canada offer programs and services through mental health centers, clinics, and organizations. These may include day programs, peer support, vocational rehabilitation, and outreach services. See our map for more information.
  • Teletherapy/Telemedicine By a licensed, Registered Health Professional: With advancements in technology, teletherapy (virtual counseling sessions) has become increasingly popular, offering convenient access to mental health professionals. Additionally, online resources such as self-help guides, apps, and educational materials can supplement traditional treatment approaches. Caution: Not everything you see or hear on social media channels is safe e.g. use of self-medicated practices such as microdosing of mushrooms and marijuana.
  • Online resources shouldn’t replace a treatment plan tailored to your needs by licensed registered practitioner.
  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies: You may find benefit from complementary approaches like mindfulness meditation, yoga, art therapy, or acupuncture recommended by your health provider. These practices can be integrated into a comprehensiv
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Comprehensive List of Diagnostic Tools

The Comprehensive List of Diagnostic Tools is intended to assist in accessing a range of options related to trauma, anxiety, and other mental health topics.