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Mental Health Treatment Options and Who Needs Them

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Between the uncertainty of our sociopolitical and socioeconomic times, the increase in social media usage, and the ability to gain access to powerful drugs both on the street and in the pharmacy, it’s no surprise that mental health in America is lacking. There is, in some ways, a mental health epidemic. 

There has long been a stigma surrounding mental health that is starting to wane, but it still exists. When it comes to mental health, there are luckily many treatments that can help people get the treatment they need.

Here are five effective mental health treatment options and who could use them.

Talk therapy

Perhaps the most common form of mental health treatment is talk therapy. Individual, couples, and family therapies are all types of talk therapy that can benefit people. The goal of most therapies is to rework the things that you learned in childhood. During our formative years, we pick up a lot of things that aren’t healthy. 

To healthily cope with trauma, unlearn things we learned in the past, and process the events of your upbringing, therapy is very useful. Whether you’re depressed, had a hard childhood, or just need someone neutral to talk to, talk therapy is one of the most effective forms of therapy.

Addiction rehab

Addiction has become one of the biggest problems in the US. Our society is finally coming to terms with the fact that anyone can become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Of course, some people are more prone to it than others. However, the power of the drugs available these days makes it very easy for people to become dependent on a drug they were given after surgery or something they bought on the street. 

Addiction treatment and rehab are multifaceted. Dual diagnosis seeks to not only treat the substance abuse but the underlying issues that led to them to it in the first place. When you or someone you love is dependent upon drugs and alcohol, finding the right treatment will make a huge difference.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy, otherwise known as CBT, is a form of mental health treatment that seeks to change the behaviour of a person through their brain chemistry. By practising specific tasks and reworking old habits, the patient can change their mind and therefore their behaviour through CBT. CBT is effective for addiction too, but it can also help with overeating, anxiety, depression, stress, erratic behaviour, and poor decision-making. CBT is an effective therapy that will be used even more in the future.

Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR, eye movement desensitisation reprocessing, is a form of mental health treatment focused on trauma. It doesn’t take the talk therapy approach, though. Instead, it uses physical eye movements and other desensitisation techniques to change the way the brain responds to trauma. With EMDR, patients can cope with the trauma without consequences. They can fully process and work on living a happier life after EMDR sessions.

Psychedelic therapy

Another way to treat trauma as well as many other mental health issues is psychedelic therapy. Of course, when you have gone through addiction treatment psychedelic therapy might not be wise. Used recreationally, psychedelic drugs don’t have as many benefits as they do in a clinical setting with the proper dosage and guidance. 

MDMA therapy has shown promise in helping trauma victims process what they’ve been through in a new way, providing understanding, forgiveness, and a necessary separation to fully heal. Ketamine is being used around the country for anxiety and depression, showing improvements in most patients. Psilocybin mitigates anxiety and fear of death. These are just a few ways that psychedelic therapy is being used to treat mental health.

Final thoughts

While these mental health treatments vary in purpose and usage, they illustrate the idea that there are options when it comes to seeking the proper assistance from professionals. Mental health is a fragile thing. Our mind and body are connected. Whether you are trying to get well mentally or have someone you love who could use some help, start by considering these therapeutic treatments. Then, branch out to find the perfect treatment for the person in need. With mental health treatment becoming more effective than ever, don’t settle for less. Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy.

Ellen Diamond, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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