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Taking care of your mental health

BY: paulina.podrez


What do you do when you wake up with a fever? Or when a strange rash appears on your forearm? You consult a physician to receive proper treatment. Why should problems with mental health be regarded differently?

Our mental state directly affect our physical health, that is why it should be treated seriously. Seeking professional help might appear to be tricky at first, that is why we are here to help you. The article below explains the differences between a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist.

A psychologist is a person who graduated from uniform MA studies in Psychology. Having completed this types of studies, a graduate possesses the following skills: counselling and diagnosing, psychoeducation, issuing opinions and certificates of psychological fitness, providing support and guidance.

A psychiatrist is someone who completed medical studies which last 6 years. Having passed a state exam at the end of the school, one can choose a specialization in psychiatry which takes 5 years to finish. In order to obtain full certification a successful passing of a final exam is needed. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats mental illnesses and other conditions related to mental health. Psychiatrists are required to follow and abide by Medical Code of Ethics and they are entitled to treating with and prescribing medications as well as issuing medical leave.

A psychotherapist is a person with a Master’s Degree (the requirements for a specific major differ, depending on the school of psychotherapy, but usually it is Psychology or Education) who has completed a 4-year long psychotherapy
school. Nowadays there are plenty of psychotherapy schools but, unfortunately, no regulations regarding who can work in this field. Someone may call themselves a “psychotherapist” without having completed necessary certification, that is why it is always advisable to research the specialist before the start of the therapy. A reliable psychotherapist has completed, or is completing, a 4-year course in a psychotherapy school certified by Polish Psychotherapy Association.

A therapist is someone person who supports patients through various activities such as art or music therapy. The type of activities depends on the needs of the group of people to which the help is directed. It is always a good idea to check whether the therapist has all the necessary qualifications to conduct such activities.

A coach is a person who works with fairly healthy people, without diagnosing them. Their relationship is based not on solving problems or therapizing but on giving support, advice and making the most of one’s abilities.
The best time to take care of yourself is now.

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