Often you don’t understand certain things about therapy because going to therapy is seen as “going to the doctor” and there’s a misconception that one goes to therapist if you’re paagal.
You have so many questions related to therapists and how they treat and diagnose people. So, in order to remove these confusions; we got in touch with a therapist. We asked all of those nagging questions on your behalf. And this was just to make your journey easier.
So here it goes:
How do you tell the difference between someone going through a mental health problem vs something just being a personality trait?
Personality is shaped by our experience, our interactions with the society and how we choose to respond to all of it. During this process if anything is triggered, a mental health issue for instance, we work towards making it better and understanding the reasons behind it.
What is the difference between psychiatry, psychology, and therapy?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Because they are physicians, psychiatrists can order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests which, combined with discussions with patients, help provide a picture of a patient’s physical and mental state.
Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought. It is an academic discipline and a social science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.
Therapy can take various forms—cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, or a combination of these—but at the center of each is the caring relationship between a mental health professional and a patient.
Does seeking therapy mean that you are weak?
Anyone who seeks therapy is not weak. Just because you want an extra ear listening to you objectively does not mean that there is something wrong with you. At the end of the day, it is always going to be you dealing with your issues and that makes you a very strong person.
How do you think therapy helps individuals?
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long-run.
If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talk to your therapist about it to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.
What kind of people should reach out to therapists?
Anyone can reach out to a therapist. If you feel that you need someone to listen to you objectively and sort out your thoughts, you should reach out. It is not necessary that you wait for a mental illness to kick in to reach out to a therapist.
When’s the right time to seek therapy?
Whenever you feel the need to seek therapy, that is the right time for you. Nobody can make this decision on your behalf. Therapy will only work when you are ready for it.
Can any therapist be fit to treat you?
No, that is not necessary. Each individual has their own experiences and their own perspectives. It is not necessary that any therapist clicks with you. It takes time to find the one you feel comfortable with.
Is the job of a therapist to give advice and tell us what the right thing to do is?
The therapist is not supposed to decide things on your behalf or advice you to make certain choices. That only creates a dependency situation. The job of the therapist is to channelize your thoughts into something concrete for you to decide and work upon.
How do you know when someone is just being anxious in the moment vs someone who actually has an anxiety problem?
Anxiety is very human reaction. It becomes a problem when it starts getting in the way of how you function. The moment is disrupts plans and effects your output, is when it becomes problematic.
Do therapists talk about us and our problems with people they are close to?
We often get this sudden urge to cry without any reason. Can you explain that?
Though you never know what triggered it for sure, but it is mostly suppressed feelings. When you have been holding in for long, you are bound to burst.
Have any other questions you want to ask a therapist about your mental health? Let us know in the comments below.
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