Mental Health (Psychiatry)

Talking is Therapy

By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: October 07, 2011

Mental Health (Psychiatry)

Emotional and physical health are connected. If your body is exhausted, it will reflect mentally and vice verse. Just as regular physical health checks are recommended, it is also important to look after your mental health.

Psychiatrists or therapists are trained to help you talk through and learn to cope with stress, grief and emotional trauma that may affect your emotional well-being. Millions of Americans suffer with various types of mental illness and mental health problems, such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction to drugs and alcohol, and personality disorders. Mental illness and psychological disorders rely on options of medications, psychotherapy, or other treatments.

Co-occurring disorders, defined as dual diagnosis, is when you endure both a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder and a drug or alcohol problem. Both issues have their own unique symptoms that may get in the way of your capacity to function, swallow life’s difficulties, and relate to society.

Further obscuring the dual circumstance, if a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance abuse problem usually gets worse. And when alcohol or drug abuse increases, mental health problems likely increase as well.
Psychotherapy, often known as 'talk therapy', can help people overcome emotional trauma by talking to therapists trained to intervene and help you confront problems and concerns that are causing you stress.

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive person makes you feel healthier. It can be very healing to express your uncertainties and talk about something that’s constantly weighing on your mind. Therapy is not limited in its tools. Various types of therapy include:

Individual therapy - Individual therapy explores negative thoughts and feelings, as well as the harmful or self-destructive behaviors that might accompany them. The primary focus is on making positive modifications present.

Family therapy - Family therapy implicates discussing conflicts with more than one member of the family at the same time to help improve interaction. It is often based on the principle that families are a team.
Group therapy- Group therapy is assisted by a professional therapist, and involves a group of peers at work on the same problem, such as anxiety, depression or substance abuse.

Psychotherapy is supportive in treating most mental health problems including: anxiety disorders (obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder), mood disorders (depression and bipolar), addictions (alcoholism, drug dependence or compulsive gambling), personality disorders (borderline personality or antisocial personality disorder).

Not everyone who benefits from psychotherapy is identified with a mental illness. Psychotherapy can also aid in a number of life's pressures and struggles that can affect anyone.

Finding a psychiatrist you trust could be the key to starting a new enriched life. To make the most of therapy, you need to put what you’re learning in your sessions into practice in your real life

Acute Stress Disorder (Shock)

Diagnosing and treating acute stress disorder involves locating the source of the symptoms and treating them accordingly.

Addiction Psychiatry

The challenges of treating addiction can be best treated once a better understanding of the underlying problems are addressed with addiction psychiatry.

Amnesia (Memory Loss)

Amnesia is the loss of memory usually brought on by sudden traumatic physical injury. Understanding amnesia is the best way to treat the condition.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is a complex disorder that has many layers to unearth to properly treat.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders affect millions of Americans currently. However, there are treatment options available to combat this condition in an effective manner.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

A long lasting condition in children compromising a mixture of abnormalities such as problems holding attention, heighten activity and unprompted behavior. This disorder does not end at a certain age it is often carried over into adulthood.


Unlocking the mysteries of autism in children one case at a time is the most effective way to learn how to treat the condition.

Binge Eating Disorders

Understanding binge eating disorders is one of the most effective ways of treating it at a successful rate.

Biological Psychiatry

Biological psychiatry seeks to understand mental disorder as it relates to biological function of the nervous system. It is an approach that is related to other realms of science, including psychopharmacology, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, and physiology.

Bipolar disorder

Also known as manic depression, bipolar causes chronic mood-swings with sufferers being highly elated and energetic one minute and depressed and sluggish the next. These mood swings are defined as 'Up' and 'Down' states of bipolar.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Dysmorphophobia)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Dysmorphophobia) is a disorder in which an individual is excessively obsessed with their physical appearance. The person will spend hours thinking over their perceived flaws. The condition usually appears during adolescent and if let untreated becomes a impediment to happiness in growth in adulthood.


Depression is a resilient mood encompassing sadness, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer.

Mental Ilnesses

More than 450 million people suffer from a mental health condition, yet often the warning signs of a mental health condition go unnoticed, undiagnosed and suffers do not receive effective treatment. 

Mental health problems can be categorized in two ways: neurotic conditions, neuroses, where the sufferer experiences extreme feelings of normal emotions, as with depression as an extreme feeling of sadness; and psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia where the sufferer has a distorted view of reality.

It is estimated that at any given time, 1 in 4 people are suffering from mental illness.


Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes individuals to experience the symptoms of sleep during the day and during waking hours. The symptoms are uncontrollable and can happen anywhere and at anytime. The disorder is treatable, but the condition is chronic and lifelong.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a lifelong, chronic, anxiety disorder. The disorder involves repetitive, irrational thoughts (obsessions) which cause anxiety and unreasonable acts or rituals (compulsions) to be done to gain relief from the anxiety caused by the irrational persistent thoughts.

Panic Attack

Panic Attack is a extreme fear that appears abruptly and without cause. The panic incites physical symptoms that lead sufferers to believe that they are having a stroke, heart attack or are dying. If left untreated the condition could leave to more severe disorders.

Personality Disorder

Personality Disorder is a mental illness that can develop in anyone. The disorder begans in childhood when a person is at their most vulnerable. Stressful and traumatic childhood experiences can lead to the develop of the numerous kinds of personality disorder.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental disorder that may develop after an individual experiences an emotional and psychological life threatening event. PTSD can be experienced by the persons involved in the event, the persons who saw the event and the persons affected by the event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is characterized by severe anxiety.


Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which sufferers lose the ability to think, reason, make decisions and response to emotional stimulants. Sufferers often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to similarities with other disorders, conditions and social stigma.

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome is a chronic, lifelong condition usually diagnosed in childhood. The disorder is characterized by frequent and repetitive vocal and motor tics.

Rehabilitation For Alcoholics

Rehabilitation centers allow recovery from alcoholism in a secure environment supported by doctors and psychotherapists specializing in addiction treatment. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction or an eating disorder contact a rehabilitation center in your area to seek advice and treatment.

Rehabilitation: Addiction/ Eating Disorders

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction or overcoming an eating disorder is easy with specialist help and support. Rehabilitation centers offer programs to aid anybody suffering from addiction begin the road to recovery. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction or an eating disorder contact a rehabilitation center in your area to seek advice and treatment.

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