Counseling, Medication, Or Both? Knowing What’s Right For You

As more and more research is conducted into mental health disorders and behavioral problems, a combination of medication and professional talking therapies have consistently been found to be of the most help. However, no two people respond in the same way to the same treatment, meaning that it’s not always easy to know what will work best for you, and selecting the right combination can be tricky, and you may not always get it right first time.

Medications such as antidepressants have been proven to help many people globally, but it’s widely acknowledged that their effects are not as longstanding as therapy, which can help you to deal with the root causes of your diagnosis. Taking pills alone for a mental health condition, is often seen as a quick fix or short-term solution, and there is always the fear that a patient may become dependent on the tablets and feel that without them, they cannot cope.

Medication taken in conjunction with talking therapies on the other hand, gives the individual the strength to cope with their everyday life while having a healthy outlet for their emotions, and someone to confide in as to the possible root causes of their mental health condition. Therapy also enables the individual to learn essential life skills for managing unwanted emotions, gives them the ability to counter negative thought patterns, and the capacity and desire to forge more positive and productive relationships with others. Each one of these tools can go on to prevent subsequent bouts of depression (for example), giving the individual the very real possibility of conquering their mental illness for good.

Talking therapies may not always have received positive press in the past, but this is gradually changing for the better, as more and more scientists and mental health experts cite the positive results of talk therapy, even in those patients whose problems are biochemical.

Talking therapies are a commitment, that much is true, but while medication may make you feel more ‘normal’ and able to cope with life much more quickly, therapy can help you to better understand yourself and learn ways of leading a contented, full life, for the rest of your life.

When discussing your treatment options with a healthcare professional, your choices should always come from an informed place, and all options should be considered before a treatment schedule is arranged.

Perhaps most importantly, remember that it’s okay to feel confused and even scared about seeking treatment for your mental health, but know that one day you will feel better, and when that day comes, you’ll feel stronger and happier than ever before.

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