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Communication and Therapy for Mental Health Treatment

Talk therapy, commonly referred to as psychotherapy, is a beneficial treatment for many mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and more. Psychotherapy can be conducted in a one-on-one format, where the patient discusses his or her worries, routines, feelings, etc, with one trained professional in a controlled environment, or in a group setting where the patient is joined by his or her family members, friends, or others with similar mental health issues to do a “round robin” sharing session with the trained professional guiding the conversation. Though it is important to seek the help of a mental health physician when confronting a mental health disorder, communication with others such as friends or family members, can help as well.

Communication, whether with a professional or a loved one, can help the mental health patient increase his or her sense of well-being and control of the problem. Communication can help encourage healthy ways of coping with problems than such coping mechanisms as substance abuse, eating disorders, ritualizing, or other activities which do not solve the problem, but rather mask it. Talk therapy and other forms of guided communication help the patient to face unpleasant feelings like worry, depression, or even suicidal thoughts, and alleviate those feelings through “talking them out.” Often, the simple act of speaking openly and sharing feelings that the patient feels are shameful or strange can help reduce the amount of stress in the person’s everyday life.

While therapists certainly encourage their clients to share their feelings, they often respond with more than just good listening. Trained therapists will usually try to persuade the patient into changes thought and behavior patterns in order to relieve some of the symptoms caused by the patient’s mental illness. A therapist might suggest small steps that the patient can take in order to reach a larger goal in time. For instance, if a person suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, the therapist may suggest rituals that the person should attempt to stop, even if stopping that particular ritual brings discomfort and anxiety at first. Many therapists believe in the importance of facing the feelings of discomfort in order to face the problem rather than avoid it. Once one or two rituals have been successfully removed from the person’s life, he or she will often gain a feeling of confidence, which will aid as the person attempts to stop other forms of ritualizing.

Group therapy or non-organized communication between patients with similar mental health issues can often be very effective. Many times, those who suffer from mental disorders feel embarrassed of their behaviors or thoughts and think nobody else feels the same way. By sharing thoughts and feelings with those who have similar mind-sets, the patient can feel relief and comfort, knowing that other people understand what he or she is going through. Those who share mental health effects can also share with one another helpful tips that have aided them. The sense of community brought on by group therapy or a similar situation can boost the patient’s confidence and sense of well being.