After an accident or major injury, your life can be turned upside down. Dramatic changes in activity level, stress, and your ability to perform daily tasks will all take a toll on your mental health. On your way to recovery, you’ll probably work with different types of mental health practitioners. Here we explain their different roles, and how they will help you reach recovery.
A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in mental health. A psychiatrist prescribes treatments based on medical needs such as medication prescriptions for disorders and referrals to other mental health professionals.
Am I covered in Ontario? Treatments from a psychiatrist are covered under OHIP.
A psychologist evaluates, diagnoses, and treats behaviours and mental processes. Psychologists focus on talking through issues and coming up with strategies. The main difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist is a psychologist’s focus on behaviour.
Am I covered in Ontario? Psychologists are not covered under OHIP but are covered under accident benefits.
A neuropsychologist studies the brain as it relates to behaviour and mental processes. Brain injuries can have an impact on behaviour. A neuropsychologist focuses on cognitive functioning and the psychological role in recovery.
Am I covered in Ontario? Neuropsychologists are not usually covered under OHIP, but are covered under accident benefits.
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