¿Does psychiatric or psychological therapies work?

¿Does psychiatric or psychological therapies work? Topic: ¿Does psychiatric or psychological therapies work?
April 19, 2019 / By Abishai
Question: ¿Have you ever gone to a psychologist or psyquiatrist? ¿It worked, or you lost time, energies and money? ¿Which is your experience?
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Sive Sive | 2 days ago
The best answer to this question comes from actual controlled studies. And the answer is definitely YES, these treatments usually work. Whether or not they work for a particular individual depends on a variety of factors, especially the patient's motivation, honesty in treatment, consistency in coming to sessions, consistency in following recommendations, skill of the therapist, whether the patients abuse alcohol or drugs etc. There are many studies which establish that psychotherapy (of a variety of types) works. A 1994 review of 475 (!!) such studies found that on the average treated patients ended up showing significantly greater improvement than 77% of untreated patients. These patients were treated for a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems including phobias, depression, anxiety, etc. See the following source for this report: http://www.apa.org/practice/peff.html These positive results have been found for most all psychotherapy approaches, including cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic. Medication also has been found to help, depending on the patient, and sometimes medication plus psychotherapy helps more than either one alone. But except in the case of certain very severe mental illnesses, medication alone may be just a temporary fix. If you ask individuals about their experience in treatment, you will get a variety of answers, and perhaps those who are dissatisfied will be especially vocal. It is most accurate to look at the big picture, which is the actual research on this question. And the research shows plenty of cause for optimism. So if you are considering therapy, that should be encouraging. Just be very honest, open, and motivated. Your commitment will make a big difference in how much you benefit.
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Sive Originally Answered: Psychiatric Service Dog?
Your parents are doing a very dangerous thing! When someone is depressed, they need love and understanding and they need the person that they go to, to help them, not try to brush it off. When the person you do go to tries to downplay your feelings it hurts so much more because it becomes frustrating and that adds further stress. Some kids feel they have no one to turn to and then they committ suicide. You are doing the right thing by speaking about your depression, rather than denying it, like your parents are. Don't even think of suicide, because you can get better! We can't choose our parents and we can't make them the kind understanding type of parents that we all dream of, so we then have to do our own thing and go to someone else. I have to say that sometimes in some instances our thinking can cause us to feel depressed. For example, if someone is cruel to us and says cruel things, if we think that we are what they say we are, then we will feel depressed, but if we know that we aren't what they say we are and that we are good then their attacks won't hurt us because our thinking is correct. If our thinking is wrong and we believe what they say, then it will hurt us. So to a certain extent, a person can be helped from depression by changing their thinking. This is called Cognitive Behavior Therapy. It is very helpful... but, sometimes we need it in conjunction with anti-depressants, other times CBT helps by itself. A psychologist or psychiatrist trained in CBT therapy is very helpful. It's not easy to snap out of it like your parents try to make it sound, it takes effort and guidance to change your thinking. But, aside from that, sometimes having a pet can help someone out of mild depression. Pets, dogs especially, are amazing at boosting people's moods. They also can help people get out more because dogs enjoy walks so much and thrive better having regular walks. It helps to take care of something else too, to help us take our focus off our own feelings of depression. It might not be necessary to get a psychiatric service dog, but just getting a dog, if you will love it to pieces, can help a great deal. It has to be the right kind of dog too. I love Bichon Frises and they are often used as therapy dogs to help others, like those in nursing homes, to cheer up. Don't get me wrong though. This is helpful if you have only "the blues", just feeling kind of sad and bored. If you have a deeper depression, then along with taking on a pet to care for and love, treatment should still be sought out by a psychologist. I do think that having a close relationship with God can help too. The way to have a close relationship with God is to learn more about Him by reading the Bible regularly and praying to Him and expressing your deepest feelings to Him. Knowing that we have a Creator that loves us, can help us to feel somewhat happier. We still need physical companionship though because we were made as physical beings, so along with spiritual, we need friends on earth, and people who understand, and even animals to love and care for. I feel very bad for you that your parents are not being supportive. Not that they are being that way because they are bad people, but that they are in denial. I really hope that you talk to someone else and that you get help because we don't have to live through depression. Take it from me, you can overcome depression. I have. I used to have terrible deep major depression. I was on antidepressants and I received Cognitive Behavior Therapy and it worked! I was only on antidepressants for about a year during therapy and never had to be on them again. Of course everyone is different, and responds to treatment differently, but I just want to give hope that a person really can come out of a depressive state and you can be happy again!
Sive Originally Answered: Psychiatric Service Dog?
It might be possible for you to get a service dog, but I believe that you need to have some evidence of a mental disease or disorder before you could get one from an agency. I have a seizure alert and assist dog that I trained myself ( the Americans with Disability Act does not require the dog to be trained by an outside agency, although if you are not a proficient dog trainer, you would need to get a dog through an agency). The first problem I see is that you need to see a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist and be diagnosed and begin receiving treatment. You don't say how old you are, but I assume you are in school. I suggest that you go to your school counselor and tell the counselor that you are depressed, have suicidal thought, etc., and yet your parents refuse to take you to a counselor. So, ask the counselor for help in getting seen by a doctor. Your parents not giving you necessary medical treatment (including mental health treatment) may constitute child abuse, something the counselor is required by law to report. After you've been in treatment, you can ask the treating physician or other doctor if they believe a dog would help you. That's when you get in touch with the helping dog agencies. So, you have a long way to go. Don't give up. I am sorry you are so unhappy. I hope you will go and speak to your counselor or another adult that you trust very soon, Good luck!

Phyliss Phyliss
My experience is that general psychology didn't work and nor did psychiatry with all the wonderful medications. I was a drug-addict with some other problems and they weren't able to help really. Now, your level of honesty is key when dealing with either. Many really don't give them enough to work with or they will over-exaggerate just to get a pill-fix-me-up. If you are honest and really want to change this may help you, but I thought the Lord almighty did an excellent job with me.
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Marylou Marylou
Yes and no; depending on the patient, and the physicians experience, ability, education, and empathy level.
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Marylou Originally Answered: Why does getting psychiatric help take so long?
Tell me about it! There is a lack of trained professionals to deal with mental health problems right now, at exactly the time they are needed most - an epidemic of mental health problems that really should have been foreseen and both prepared for and in some cases prevented. It sucks. You know, the training is too long and drawn out in my opinion. My sister has finished 3 years at uni studying psychology with counselling, and still needs to do a further God knows how long in a masters degree and personal therapy before she's allowed anywhere near a sick patient. And guess what, she can't afford to do it yet because it's not funded by the government, the NHS, or anyone but herself. She just wants to help people! I have seen it from the other side, I have been in hospital as an emergency psychiatric admission JUST because the waiting list to see even a mental health assessor in my area was more than 9 months. All I needed at the time was someone with a very basic working knowledge of diagnosing depression and the appropriate referral to a therapist. One that wouldn't take longer than it took me to become suicidal. Is that so much to ask? You're right to be annoyed, and it is just as important as any other illness if only because of the impact it has on everyone around you. If mental health problems were taken as seriously as they deserve to be, the world might just be a less screwed up place to live in. If only. I guess the only way to get the help you need and deserve is to hit rock bottom. It's really about time that changed, not just for those that are suffering from depression and other psychiatric problems, but for their families, friends, work mates and society as a whole. You are dead right to be angry about it, and maybe more of us should be. Maybe, just maybe, someone might then DO something about it. I only wish I was in the position to make a difference myself. Keep bugging the people who allocate therapy and counselling, keep on their backs about what you need, and don't accept being fobbed off. Make them realise just how important it is. Tell them the impact it has on you, your life, your family, your friends, your job if you have one. Don't let them push you down the list. You deserve better. Good luck!
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