DISPELLING THE MYTHS ABOUT THERAPY

So, you’ve been thinking about getting therapy or someone may have suggested it to you. Maybe you have heard of therapy or seen Hollywood’s portrayal of a cozy room and a couch, but never thought therapy was right for you.

Although not to replace a health professional’s suggestions, try not to rule out therapy just yet.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around 13 million Americans were treated for anxiety or depression in 2005.

Since then, the numbers have only increased, along with awareness surrounding mental health.

This means that you most likely know someone who has been treated for one of those illnesses. Adding in the number of Americans living with another form of  a mental health disorder and victims of a traumatic event, the amount of adults who have been or are receiving therapy is innumerable.

According to the American Psychological Association, therapy is a practice designed to provide symptom relief and personality change, reduce future symptomatic episodes, enhance quality of life, promote adaptive functioning in work/school and relationships, increase the likelihood of making healthy life choices, and offer other benefits established by the collaboration between client/patient and psychologist.

The intensity and frequency of therapy all depends on the patient’s needs and desires. Some individuals go to a therapist only once, get clarity on an issue and never feel a need to visit a therapist again.

Others receive great care and attend regularly for long periods of time.

Therapy comes in all forms, such as a group therapy, inpatient therapy, nature therapy, and even online support groups like SurvivingMyLife.com. Finding a type of therapy, or combination of therapies, that works for you takes trial and error but once discovered can be very rewarding.

People diagnosed with mental illnesses are not the only people that walk into a therapist’s office. Students with high stress levels, people that have lost loved ones or have been through traumatic events might even seek the help and lack of bias of a therapist.

Seeking help from a trained, third-party individual can be useful when someone just feels like they have no one else to talk to about things in their life that are struggles.

 

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