How will the psychiatrist know what is wrong with me?

Psychiatrists are professional well trained medical doctors who perform a variety of different tests which may include but not limited to blood work, verbal and written assessment as well as previous documented illnesses from your family physician. By analyzing medical and psychological data, the psychiatrist is able to asses, document and diagnose the patient.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

The difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist is the education, credentials and training. A psychologist has a doctoral-level degree in psychology. A psychiatrist has a degree in medicine. A psychologist uses counseling methods and Behavioural therapy and is unable to prescribe recommended medication. A psychiatrist has specific training in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and mental health prevention, along with being able to prescribe medication.

Are there any forms that I need to fill out before I arrive for my appointment?

The following forms can be accessed here and filled out prior to your appointment to avoid any delays.

Can my mental health problem be treated?

There are a variety of different treatment options available based on your diagnoses.  Psychiatrist provides a vast range of biological, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatments which are personalized to the needs of the patient. Mental health is a real issue that can be diagnosed and treated effectively just has other medical problems.

Do I need a follow-up appointment?

A follow-up appointment is definitely needed to learn more about the patient that may not have been discussed on the initial visit, and to see the effectiveness of treatment or any changes or adjustments that need to be made.

How do I know if my doctor is qualified and experienced enough to help me with my problems?

All practicing psychiatrists are certified under the College of Physicians and Surgeons. You have every right to question your doctor about his clinical experience and how long he has been practicing. It is important for the psychiatrist to gain your trust and comfort in order to build a better relationship which helps with treatment and effectiveness.

How soon should treatment start? How long will treatment last?

Treatment should begin as soon as the diagnoses is made. It is important to start treatment, as the earlier the problem is diagnoses, the better the outcomes. Treatment will last depending on the problem, and how motivated the patient is in getting better.

Is mental health a common problem or am I the only one?

Mental health disturbances is a very common problem. About greater than 2.5% of the adult population suffer from various debilitating mental health disorders. Many of these issues include anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, problems with intimacy, self-image and confidence; depression being the most common.

What can I expect on my initial visit?

When coming to a psychiatrist, it is absolutely normal to feel nervous, anxious and social stigma.  You can expect to meet your psychiatrist and develop a relationship in a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment. It is recommended to bring a brief written or typed note about your current issue, personal history, previous psychiatric illnesses (seen by a psychiatrist or psychologist, consults may need to be obtained, and family history.

What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the recognition and treatment of mental health and emotional instability. The psychiatrist’s qualifications allow him/her to differential between physical and psychological problems.