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.

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Types of Treatments

The following is a list of some types of some treatments available for psychological conditions.  Please note: Kalamazoo Hope is meant to act as a guide, not a provider; please see its Disclaimer page for more information.


An important aspect to consider is finding a method (or methods) that you are able to comfortably pursue, which is compatible with what you are currently able to do, overall health, how you learn, your lifestyle, and personal beliefs.  

 

Brain Stimulation Therapies

 

Exercise

 

Exposure Therapy

 

Eye Movement Desensitization & 

Reprocessing (EMDR)

 

Group Therapy


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 psychological condition.  


At one point in time, identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) was considered a psychological condition; these concepts have been abandoned by the American Psychiatric Association (which composes the DSM series) and the American Psychological Association.

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