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3 Facts about Mental Health Options

May 23, 2016 All, Mental Health, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition by Aaron Van Gaver

For years there has been a stigma about and around mental illness related issues. History tells us that this stigma, although slowly, is fading. More people are seeking help, getting treatment and beginning counselling now than ever before, and this is a good thing. One of the many issues surrounding help, now that some of that misperception is dissipating, involves understanding what and how it works. Here are three facts about therapy and counselling that will give more clarity and hopefully a better insight to this arena of healthcare.

1. Therapy Can Help Anyone.

Different types of therapy treatment, such as DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) can be beneficial for almost anyone. The basic concept to this style of therapy is based on the premise that behaviours are developed as people face, cope and process various social situations and circumstances. It is those two aspects, the mental and social (the term psychosocial may be applied) that this treatment is focused on. How individuals respond, react etc. to various social situations that fall into the categories of either too extreme, emotional or in some other way cited as unusual are most commonly addressed. As this description might hint, there are likely one or more scenarios in which everyone could learn to handle better, to have more controlled responses.

2. The Benefits Go Beyond Mental Health

Often some of the treatments that deal with mental health issues have impacts that have positive effects that go beyond just mental health. Someone who is in a type of psychotherapy like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for instance may experience better relationships and an improved career due to the nature of this type of treatment. In CBT the basis of the therapy is centred around changing and or correcting unhelpful thinking and behaviours. An expression in the rooms of A.A. may refer to this as ‘stinking thinking’. Once again, as this type of therapy is used to help those dealing with such issues as anxiety or depression, it isn’t hard to understand why many could benefit from this type of support.

3. Harder and Easier Than You Think

There is an old adage that states that what you put in is what you get out. This is a fair assessment of many of these treatments. It is the advantage and disadvantage of this type of treatment versus a medication. The disadvantage is that a participant, although they will receive some benefit, may not find healing or it may take a considerable time to get to a place of healing and restoration. The opposite also applies in that an individual who is truly invested in the treatment can find themselves farther faster than ever imagined. It is harder that most might originally think as depending on the issues these treatments can lead into dark and scary places. By the same token, these treatments are also less frightening once the journey begins, it is human nature to make the unknown bigger and scarier than it actually is, that is only normal.

Help for a variety of mental health issues and concerns is becoming more available every day. From major cities like Vancouver, BC to small rural towns getting help is easy as an internet search or using a phone book. Hopefully some clarity has been given to what mental health treatment truly is, and if it is something that perhaps has been considered before then the steps needed to begin getting healthier start today.