Everything You Need to Know About Mental Health

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What to expect with Mental Health Treatment

Mental health treatment is the first step towards recovery from mental illness. Here is everything you need to know about mental health treatments.

What is Mental Health Treatment?

Mental health treatment is a series of procedures that helps individuals recover from mental illness. It is usually carried out by a mental health professional.

What are Some Types of Mental Health Treatment?

Mental health treatment can take different forms. This includes:
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication- This is usually paired with psychotherapy
  • Case Management
  • Hospitalization- This might happen in a few cases
  • Alternative Medicine/Treatment- This can stand on its own or be mixed with conventional treatment
  • Self-Treatment with guidance from mental health professionals
The particular mental health treatment that an individual follows will be decided on a case-by-case basis. All treatments are handled by mental health experts

How Does it Work?

Treatments are usually a combination of two or more strategies. Psychotherapy is more commonly used. This means discussing with a mental health expert about your problems. Psychotherapy might also include talk therapies.

The two common ones are dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is usually followed up by medication. Patients are also encouraged to join support groups.

Other treatments that might also be used include

  • Exercise/Yoga
  • Brain stimulation Therapy (BST)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

What is the Purpose of Mental Health Treatment?

The main purpose of the treatment is to help patients recover from mental illness. However, mental health treatment also boosts self-confidence and provides a solid foundation to improve their social skills.

How Long Does Mental Health Treatment Last?

Treatment can take a few weeks to a few months. In some cases, it can take up to a year. The specific duration will depend on several factors such as severity and length of the mental illness.

Full recovery from mental illnesses can take much longer.

What are Types of Mental Health Illness?

This is a non-exhaustive list of treatable mental illnesses.

  • Depressive Disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Schizophrenia and related disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Sleep-wake Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Eating Disorders
  • Somatic symptom disorders

How is Mental Health Illness Diagnosed?

There are three main ways this is done. They include

·      Lab Tests

This rules out alcohol and drug problems. Most times, the doctor checks the thyroid function for any further complications.

·      Psychological Test

Patients are asked to speak to a mental health professional about their symptoms. Questionnaires may also be given to the patient.

·      Physical Examination

This is done to find or rule out any physical complications.

Where can You Get Mental Health Treatment?

Several treatment centers specialize in treating mental illnesses. If you are unsure of how to proceed, you can ask your physician for more guidance.

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