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Having Mental Illness in Canada

Posted by Prefect on October 28, 2019, at 17:09:29

Canada is a wonderful country. Except when it comes to getting help for mental health. The idea of a steady psychiatrist who sees you a couple of times a month and counsels you on top of prescribing meds (like on Sopranos) is non-existent here.

It takes months to get to see a psychiatrist, post-referral. And when you do, it's usually one-time consults to review your meds and make suggestions. Family doctors, out of desperation, do most of the prescribing of psychopharmacology here due to this.

I'm having a lot of difficulty finding a steady psychiatrist. Today I had an appointment with a social worker who was reviewing me for CBT counselling sessions at CAMH (Toronto's biggest psych hospital). He told me due to the severity of my condition, I didn't qualify, as the program was more suited for milder cases.

I'm so frustrated.

I was wondering if people from Canada on this board had any suggestions? And do people on here from other countries experience the same thing?




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