Psychotherapy, speech or speech therapy, counseling, or simple treatment-whatever the name is known, psychological counseling health can benefit people struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns.
Treatment can help improve the symptoms of many mental health conditions. In therapy, people also learn to experience symptoms that may not respond directly to the treatment. Research shows that the benefits of treatment last longer than the drug alone. Medication can reduce some symptoms of mental health conditions, but treatment teaches people the ability to cope with the symptoms themselves. These skills last after termination of treatment and symptoms can continue to improve, making it less likely that people will need further treatment.
Mental health issues are common. Recent statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Health show that 1 in 5 American adults live with mental health, while 1 in 25 adults live in a serious mental health condition.
But only about 40% of people with mental health problems are receiving help. Unprocessed mental health issues are often exacerbated and may have other negative effects. They could also lead to:
- Inability to work or transition to school
- Difficulty in relationships or care of children
- Increased health risk
Suicide is the second cause of death for people in the United States between the ages of 10 and 34. About 90% of suicide deaths in the United States they lived with a mental health condition.
Do I Need Treatment?
Telling someone that he or she needs to go to treatment or need treatment can stigmatize. It may be difficult to follow a loving approach to the challenges of mental health, but it is important for people to choose to seek help by themselves – as long as they do not put themselves or anyone else at risk.
Encouraging a person you are interested in examining possible treatment options, even offering a review of potential therapists with them, is generally a better way to show support. People who feel compelled to heal may feel resilient and have difficulty putting the work required for change.
While healing can help people work through issues that lead to suicidal thoughts, it is usually not the best option for people in crisis. If you are in crisis, you can get immediate help by tapping a phone line, a text message or an online chat. You may be encouraged to call or visit the nearest emergency room. A therapist can help you resume when you are no longer in crisis.
When any kind of mental health or emotional anxiety affects everyday life and function, treatment may be recommended. Treatment can help you learn what you feel, why you can feel it and how to deal with it.
People who feel compelled to heal may feel resilient and have difficulty putting the work required for change.
Therapy also offers a safe place to talk through life challenges such as disconnection, sadness, upbringing, or family struggles. For example, counseling for couples can help you and your partner work through relationship problems and learn new ways to interact with each other. Note that the resources of the crisis, not counseling for couples, are usually recommended for abusive relationships.
Should I go to the treatment?
Some care may be taken before you decide you are ready for treatment. You may want to wait and see if time, lifestyle changes, or support for friends and family improve what you're struggling with.
The American Psychological Society suggests treating the treatment when something causes discomfort and interferes with some part of life, especially when:
- Thinking or dealing with the problem takes at least an hour every day
- The issue is embarrassing or makes you want to avoid others
- The issue has reduced your quality of life
- The issue has negatively affected school, work, or relationships
- You have made changes in your life or have developed habits to deal with the problem
If you experience any of the following emotions or feelings to the extent that they affect life, treatment can help you reduce their effects. It is especially important to get help if you feel symptom-controlled or if it could cause harm to yourself or others.
- Deluge. You may feel that you have too many things to do or too many issues to deal with. You may feel as if you can not rest or even breathe. Stress and crash can lead to serious health concerns.
- Fatigue. This natural symptom often results from or accompanies mental health issues. It may indicate depression. Fatigue can make you sleep longer than usual or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
- Distinct rage, anger or dissatisfaction. Everyone feels angry at times. Even the passing of anger is not necessarily harmful. Searching for support to deal with these feelings can be a good idea when they are not passed, they are extreme compared to the situation or if they lead you to violent or potentially harmful actions.
- Agoraphobia. People with agoraphobia are afraid to be in places where they may experience panic attacks or get trapped. Some people may be unable to leave their homes.
- Restless or disturbing thoughts. It's normal to worry about things from time to time, but when worry takes up a significant part of your day or causes physical symptoms, treatment can help you cope with it.
- Apathy. Loss of interest in ordinary activities, the world around you or life in general may indicate mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.
- Desperation. Loss of hope or motivation or the feeling of having no future may indicate depression or other mental health. Feeling desperate from time to time, especially after a period of difficulty, is not uncommon. But when it persists, it can lead to suicidal thoughts.
- Social withdrawal. Many people feel better when they are able to spend at least some time alone. Introverted people may need even more time than others. But if you feel anxious about others or fear to be with other people, treatment can help you understand and deal with these feelings.
What if I have already tried treatment and did not work?
Sometimes treatment does not help right away. Even in an ideal treatment state, it may take time to improve the symptoms. Going to treatment and seeing no changes can cause frustration. It may seem like a waste of time and money. Many people stop treatment as a result.
Sometimes treatment does not help right away. Even in an ideal treatment state, it may take time to improve the symptoms.
Other factors can affect how effective treatment is. There is no single, correct approach that works for everyone. No, every therapist will work for everyone. Negative experience with a particular therapist or some kind of treatment can make it difficult to try the treatment again, even if you want support.
It can help you look for a therapist who is experiencing what you are experiencing. If you do not have a diagnosis, you can talk to potential therapists about your symptoms. An ethical therapist will tell you if it can address your anxiety. If they can not, they can recommend someone they can.
Keep in mind that different approaches may be better for different topics. Incorrect diagnosis may affect the way the treatment works. If you did not feel listened to before treatment or if you have different symptoms, a different therapist may be best for you.
Why should I go to the treatment?
If you are considering the treatment, you might consider the potential drawbacks. Costs may concern you. You may also know that treatment is often difficult. Wounds or other painful events from the past may be terrifying to remember, much less to talk to someone else. Even if you do not have a trauma, working through challenges is not easy and treatment is not a quick fix. The treatment also requires sincerity, with yourself and with the therapist you work with.
But if you are willing to do the work, treatment can be rewarding. It's a safe, non-judgmental place where you can share anything with a trained professional who's there to help.
Here are some benefits of treatment:
- You will learn more about yourself. Therapists listen to your story and help you make connections. They can offer guidance or recommendations if you feel lost, but they do not tell you what to do. Treatment can enable you to act on your own.
- Treatment can help you achieve your goals. If you are not sure about your goals, treatment can help you clarify them and set realistic steps to deal with.
- Treatment can help you have more satisfying relationships. Whether you are single or in a relationship, treatment can help you experience difficulties with others, such as insecurity in relationships or difficulty in trusting your partners.
- You are more likely to have better health. Research supports a relationship between the well-being of the mind and body. Unprocessed mental health issues can affect physical well-being. On the other hand, people with good emotional health may be more able to cope with the resulting physical health problems.
- Treatment can lead to improvement in all areas of life. If you feel that something keeps you behind life, as you envision it, healing can help you deal with it. When you are not sure what prevents you from making changes, treatment can help you discover the answer.
Even if you are not sure you want to be committed to treatment, many therapists offer a free first session or telephone consultation to talk through what you have to do. Based on your symptoms, they may encourage you to get help.
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