Psychotherapy as a Supplementary to Treatment
Psychotherapy, commonly known as talk therapy, is a form of therapy used to help patients with a wide range of mental illnesses. It involves talk sessions where the patient relives their distress by discussing and expressing their innermost feelings. The goal of psychotherapy treatment is to change the attitudes, behaviors, and habits that maybe be affecting the patient by promoting positive thinking. Some common conditions treatable using psychotherapy include trauma, addiction, low self-esteem, and a variety of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.
A combination of Therapy and Medication
For a long time, mental illnesses have been treated using drugs. In some circumstances, medicines may be the best option, while in others, psychotherapy can be recommended. For some reason, it was believed that drugs could not be used in combination with psychotherapy. But research has shown that a combination of psychotherapy and medication has better results than either method alone. Psychotherapy has been proven to be very important in supporting the recovery process and overall wellness of the patients. But this does not disregard the benefits of drugs. Medications are very effective in alleviating the symptoms, which allows a person to undergo psychotherapy without any difficulties.
Today, more people are choosing a combination of drugs and psychotherapy. But research shows that psychotherapy is still underutilized. This can be linked to dozens of ads in our screens and papers that promote the use of prescription drugs. People want a quick and “easy fix” for their problems, and these ads portray drugs as an easy and effortless method of treating anxiety and depression, and other mental illnesses.
Benefits of Psychotherapy
Some of the most common types of psychotherapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. The choice of therapy primarily depends on the type of illness, the circumstances surrounding the illness, and the choice of the patient. A patient may also decide to see a therapist alone, with a partner, or as a group. Individual sessions range between 20 minutes to one hour while group sessions may last longer. Less serious issues require few sessions, which may last a few weeks, while complex issues involve more sessions, which can last for months or even years.
Psychotherapy teaches patients life skills and coping methods that are useful beyond the course of treatment. The results of psychotherapy may take longer to be noticeable but have also been proven to last longer and also produce no damaging side effects such as addiction associated with prescriptive medications.