Treatment

Various types of treatment for psychological conditions exist; some may be more compatible with an individual than others.  Seeing a psychologist or psychiatist are probably the most-often thought of treatments, but they are far from the only ones.  A key element in these processes, however, is patience, as it can take some time for improvements to take place, even in a successful situation.


Utilizing more that one form of treatment may help one's progress better than a single approach, or at least provide an additional option or options should one' primary form of treatment become availabe; for example, if one's counselor moves or retires, exercise and medication could provide assistance while a new one sought (which could take time, due to finding a counselor one is comfortable with, is compatible financially, is within a practical distance, and can work with one's schedule).


A very key thing to remember is that in some cases, what one is undergoing is a treatment, not a cure - meaning symptoms may be kept in check to a certain degree, but not eliminated; this means that an individual should not discontinue their treatment (or be encouraged to do so) because they seem to have recovered without discussing the situation extensively with a mental health care provider who knows and understands their specific situation, as well as preparing for any changes that may occur once the treatment has stopped.


Another very difficult aspect that comes with beginning (and continuing) mental health treatment is acceptance - that one has such a condition, that one has new aspects of themself to learn about and work with, that, depending on how open one is about their life, they may be disrespected by people, and also having to work with and around both the condition and treatment(s) at times. 


As an example, anxiety may hinder one's abilities to go were comfortable in the past - perhaps that were even a notable part of their life.  In relation to medicine, one may have to avoid certain foods, not take other types of medicine to prevent a conflict between them, or be certain to set aside a notable amount of their day for treatment (time spent seeing a counselor or exercising, for instance) or to regain strength because their condition results in a heightened degree of psychological exhaustion.


Something which concerns many regarding mental health care is privacy, as sensitive personal information that can notably affect one's life is involved.  In the United States, personal information is required to be kept confidential under the Health Insurance Portability and Acountability Act (HIPPA); in general, personal information about an individual cannot be disclosed without one's consent.

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Types of Treatment

The following is a list of some types of treatments available for psychological conditions.


Brain Stimulation Therapies


Exercise


Exposure Therapy


Eye Movement Desensitization & 

Reprocessing (EMDR)


Hypnosis


Light Therapy


Medication


Play Therapy


Psychotherapy


Service Animals


Therapy Dogs


Kalamazoo Hope wishes to note that a practice called conversion (or reparative) therapy, which focuses on changing an individual's sexual orientation and/or gender identity, is not listed above, as such are not psychological condition.