Different Types Of Mental Health Treatments

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First of all, mental health problems are common. Around one in four adults and one in ten children will experience a mental health problem in any one year. The first step to getting the right help to put you on the road to recovery is a visit to your doctor.

Your doctor will then be able to assess your medical and family history along with your current circumstances and decide on the appropriate course of action. You may be offered medication or referred for more specialist services such as some form of psychotherapy and if necessary your doctor will be able to refer you to the Community Mental Health Team.

The Community Health Team consists of a team of professionals that are highly skilled and therefore in a position to make sure you get the right kind of help. For example, you may need referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist, you are likely to be assigned a community psychiatric nurse or key worker and will have access to other health care workers such as social workers and occupational therapists.

In the first instance, the most common treatment for mental health problems is some sort of medication. The type of medication offered will of course depend largely on the symptoms and the type of mental health problem experienced.

Anti-depressants

Anti-depressants are used to treat depression and some anxiety related disorders. They can boost mood and help people to cope on a day to day basis. These usually take a bit of time to show an effect so it is important to continue taking them and not to stop taking them suddenly unless under the supervision of a doctor.

Anti-psychotics

Anti-psychotics are likely to be prescribed for any type of psychosis such as hallucinations or delusions or for mania, as well as incoherent speech and bizarre thinking so are often prescribed for schizophrenia as well as other conditions.

Mood stabilisers

These help to balance mood, particularly in bipolar disorder where mood swings are the most common feature.

Psychotherapy

Although it varies from region to region, there are various forms of psychotherapy and talking therapies available including behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, family therapy, counselling and psychoanalysis. Your doctor will be able to tell you what is available in your area.

ECT

Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT is a controversial treatment usually used as a last resort and where other types of treatment have failed. It involves giving a series of brief electrical shocks to the brain and it is carried out under general anaesthetic.

Hospitalisation

A stay in hospital may be necessary at times for people with severe mental health problems like Schizophrenia. This can be compulsory under the mental health act or on a voluntary basis. An enforced stay in hospital can be distressing but will only happen in the interests of your own health and if you are thought to be a danger to yourself or to others. You will not be required to stay any longer than is necessary for your treatment.

Fish Oil

Fish Oil is not an official treatment for mental health problems but numerous studies have shown that Fish Oil high in the Omega 3 fatty acid Eicosapentaenoic acid can have a beneficial effect on many different types of depression. If you are considering Fish Oil then speak to your doctor first in order to make sure it is appropriate in your situation.

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3 Comments

  1. Chanel
    Posted May 27, 2009 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    I just wanted to say thank you for all this information. It’s VERY helpful and truly appreciated !

  2. admin
    Posted May 27, 2009 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    No problem Chanel … I wish everyone the best of luck on their journey !!

  3. Viliyana Filipova
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Be creative in expressing your emotions. Write a story, even a book, paint, sing, make a photo album. This is great tip for being in good mental health.

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