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Do I really need therapy if I'm already taking medication?
When it comes to mental health or addiction, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach. Some people respond very well to talk therapy alone, while others may need medication to assist with the process. When combined with therapy, medication can be an important part of the treatment process.
I emphasize the word "part" because unlike antibiotics, psychotropic medications do not cure the disorder but rather help you to feel better in order to function and fully participate in the process of recovery. Medication without therapy is like a Band-Aid; it covers the cut, but the cut is still there. It isn't the Band-Aid that heals the cut but rather the body doing the work of repairing the wound. Likewise, therapy is the work that is required to heal the wound, and the medication provides cover (alleviates symptoms) to allow you to do the work.
By: Kari Mika-Lude The American Psychological Association (APA) defines therapy as “a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a [therapist]”. Therapist is a general term used to describe professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, and even psychiatrists who provide therapy services. Other terms, such as counseling and psychotherapy , are often used interchangeably and, for the most part, mean the same thing. To put it more simply, therapy is simply partnering with a professional to work through particular symptoms or stressors. And I emphasize the word work because therapy can be tough! The role of the therapist is to offer guidance, support, and encouragement through the use of evidence-based treatment strategies. The therapist’s responsibility is to push clients to think for themselves, make their own choices, and work through their healing. If the therapist does all the problem-solving, the client then becomes dep
By: Kari Mika-Lude Q: What is "normal" when it comes to emotions? How will I know if I actually have a problem? The dictionary defines normal as "conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected". But who determines what is standard, usual, typical, or expected? Society, I suppose... which makes "normal" a matter of opinion. What I will say is that the human experience brings with it a variety of emotions. When you really break it down, emotions - even the ones that don't feel so great - serve a purpose. For one thing, they provide feedback about what's going on around us and help us navigate through our day-to-day lives and potentially hazardous situations. If you've ever gotten that prickly feeling on the back of your neck or that fluttering in your chest, then you've had an emotional response (fear) that told you something wasn't right (danger?) and to get the heck outta there! Emotions also help us