Different Types of Mental Health Treatment
Mental health or psychiatric conditions are common. Many times, they run in families. Some of the most common mental health conditions are depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. These illnesses and others like them interfere with your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Learning you have a mental health condition can be upsetting. But there is hope. There are a variety of treatments available for mental health conditions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Path to improved health
There are several types of treatment for mental health problems. They include:
- Psychotherapy or counseling.This also is called talk therapy. It is one of the most common treatments for mental health disorders. It involves talking about your problems with a mental health professional Doctor and nearly clinic. There are many types of talk therapy. Some common ones include cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy. Talk therapy is often done one-on-one. It can also be done in a group setting or with your family. Individual and group talk therapy is sometimes helpful. This type of therapy can be useful even for those who do not have a mental health condition and are simply going through challenging life situations (grief, divorce, etc.).
- Prescription medicine.Prescription medicine is another popular treatment method. Medicines for mental disorders make changes to brain chemicals that are involved in emotions and thought patterns. Medicines don’t cure psychiatric conditions or health problems. But they can improve your symptoms. They can make other treatments, such as counseling, more effective. There are many different kinds of prescription medicines available that work in different ways. Your doctor will make a recommendation and share any side effects.
- The majority of people Liz Wetmore and the team see at Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s Addiction Recovery Services are self-referred, an important part of addiction recovery. Wetmore, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, says, “We really need people to take that first step and call us. We’re here to be a support, to be understanding. They get enough blame. We support them in a way that will allow them to find success.”
- ECT or other brain stimulation therapy.Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe procedure that sends electric currents into the brain. This causes changes in the brain that can improve and even reverse troubling symptoms. ECT and other brain stimulation therapies are often used when other kinds of treatment haven’t worked.
- Hospital or residential treatment program.Sometimes your mental health issues become so bad that you need to receive treatment in a hospital or a long-term program. This can happen when you can’t take care of yourself. Or it happens when you are in danger of harming yourself or others.
Not every treatment works or is necessary for everyone. Some people benefit from a combination of treatments. Your doctor will help you find the treatment that’s right for you.
Things to consider
In the past, there has been an unfair stigma that surrounds mental health and mental conditions. This stigma can prevent people from getting the help and support they need. They are afraid of what people will think of them. So they don’t seek treatment. Their condition often gets worse. Sometimes people even take their own lives because the stigma of mental illness kept them from seeking help.
However, in recent years, health care professionals, educators and organizations have worked to overcome the stigma. Individuals and their loved ones are more likely to speak up about mental health disorders. They are encouraged to get treatment.
Look for these signs that you or a loved one may be experiencing signs of mental health conditions:
- Feeling sad or depressed.
- Extreme feelings (including fear, guilt, sadness, or anger).
- Withdrawal from friends or activities.
- Unexplained hostility or violence.
- Inability to cope with stress or your feelings.
- Delusions, paranoia, or hallucinations (such as hearing voices).
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You have many treatment options available to you. Mental illness is nothing to be embarrassed by or ashamed of. Being aware of mental health issues and learning the truth can help you and others. It can even save lives.
Questions to ask your doctor
- I have some of these symptoms. Could I have a mental health condition?
- Can you recommend a counselor or therapist I could see?
- Is this a temporary problem or is it permanent?
- What can I do at home to help me recover?