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Receiving the proper therapy for emotional or behavioral difficulties is the first step towards attaining mental wellness.
What is Therapy?
Therapy (or psychotherapy), in the broadest sense of the word, is a treatment intended to provide relieve from, or healing of, a disorder.
In the pursuit of positive mental health and general emotional well-being, many specific types of therapies have been developed over the years. Each of these therapies is designed to treat psychological (aka mental and emotional) disorders and their resulting symptoms and behaviors.
Choosing the Best Therapy
Diagnosing a person with emotional difficulties can be very challenging.
To help with this process, a classification system was developed and published by the American Psychiatric Association called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM. The DSM has been revised and refined several times over the years.
The DSM helps mental health practitioners identify symptoms and behaviors, and choose treatments that will most likely be beneficial to a patient.
The importance of receiving professional help from a properly trained and licensed therapist cannot be understated, because therapeutic treatments must be applied to an individual human being and not merely a collection of symptoms.
Generally, a disorder is defined based on a combination of factors, including a person’s:
After assessing a general pattern of behaviors and symptoms, therapies can be prescribed to treat specific (or a combination of) disorders.
Therapy Can Be Life Changing
Therapy can be very effective for a wide range of emotional challenges, including:
- Anxiety issues
- Childhood experiences
- Sexual abuse
- Eating disorders
- Mood swings
- Cognitive behaviors (mental activities such as thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering)
- Personality traits
- Psychotic or abnormal thinking
- Substance Abuse or Chemical Dependency
Therapy can be received on an individual basis, as part of a group, or both. It might include counseling, coaching, medication, changes in diet, exercise, playful or creative activities, and other interventions.
The therapist you choose is a very important factor in whether a therapy is appropriate and effective for your specific needs.
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