Does Psychotherapy Work?

"Research shows that most patients who receive psychotherapy experience symptom relief and are better able to function in their lives.

Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviours and to be linked to positive changes in the brain and body.

The benefits also include fewer sick days, less disability, fewer medical problems and more job stability.

The cost of not treating mental disorders can often be greater personal anguish, substance abuse, poor work performance, broken relationshiops with family and friends, or death by suicide."

 

American Psychiatric Association

 

 

 

"Depression is more than just sadness.  People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weigfht loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.  Depression is the most common mental disorder.  Fortunately, depression is treatable.  A combination of therapy and antidepressent medication can help ensure recovery."

America Psychological Association

Depression
 
Dementia

'Dementia is the name for progressive loss of memory and other aspects of thinking that are severe enough to interfere with the ability to function in daily activities.  Although there are many causes of dementia-including blood vessel disease, drug or alcohol abuse, or other causes of damage to the brain- the most familiar is Alzheimer's disease.'

www.webMD.com

Phobias

'A Phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal.  Phobias are more pronounced than fears.  they develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object.  If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organize their life around avoiding the thing that's causing them anxiety.  As well as retricting their day to day life, it can also cause them considerable anguish.

Almost all phobias can be sucessfully treated and cured.' www. nhs.uk

Anxiety

"Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.  People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns.  They may avoid certain situations out of worry.  They may also have phsycial symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat."

American Psychological Association

Autism

Autism is the most severe developmental disability.  Appearing within the first three years of life, autism involves impaiments in social interaction-such as being aware of other people's feelings-and verbal and non verbal communication.  Some people with autism have limited interests, strange eating or sleeping behaviors or a tendency to do things to hurt themselves, such as banging their heads or biting their hands.

Today clinicans use medicatios and behavioral interventions to help children cope with autism

www.apa.org

Stress Disorder

"Stress can be a reaction to a short-lived situation such as being stuck in traffic.  Or it can last a long time if you're dealing with relationship problems, a spouse's death or other serious situations.  Stress becomes dangerous when it interferes with your ability to live a normal life over an extended period.  You may feel tired, unable to concentrate or irritable.  Stress can also damage your physical health."

American Psychological Association

Eating Disorders
Life Changing Events

Life Changing Events may include:

Divorce or Relationship Breakdown

Remarriage

Redundancy from Work

Retirement

Death of a Loved One

Psychology Services

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