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How Do I Know If I Need Therapy?

How often have you heard someone say, “Gosh, I need to see a therapist,” before laughing the comment off? Probably more times than you can remember. But how do you or someone else know it’s time to go to therapy for help?

What is Talk Therapy?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, talk therapy helps people with many mental illnesses and emotional problems. Psychotherapy, another name for talk therapy, can help you get rid of or manage distressing symptoms to function better, start healing, and get well.

Talk therapy may help with several problems, including the effect of trauma, medical issues, personal loss, and certain mental illnesses.

Which Conditions Can Be Treated with Psychotherapy?

Therapy can be beneficial in caring for mental health problems, including:

  • Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). OCD, for instance, affects more than 2 million adults each year
  • Mood disorders, like depression or bipolar disorder
  • Addictions, including alcoholism, compulsive gambling, or drug dependence 
  • Eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia
  • Personality disorders, including dependent personality disorder or borderline personality disorder 
  • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders

Facts About Mental Illness

Signs That You Might Need Therapy?

Knowing if you need psychotherapy depends on many factors, two of the most important being symptoms and their effect on your life and the lives of people around you. 

Signs you should watch for that may indicate you need help include:

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing mental illness requires a combination of assessments, both physical and psychological. Your healthcare provider may start with a medical exam and then recommend you see a mental healthcare professional. The goal of either examination is to uncover the root cause of your symptoms and, if possible, suggest treatment. Symptoms of mental illness are usually compared to criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders before a diagnosis is made.

Knowing whether you need therapy can be difficult. There’s stigma around mental illness, and even though society is more supportive of mental wellness than ever before, the decision is ultimately yours. With proper care, you can regain control of your life

If you suffer from a condition requiring therapy, you may be steered toward different kinds of psychotherapy for treatment or medicine like ketamine.

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