You’re extremely exhausted, you can’t control your outburst and now your world feels like it’s no longer belongs to you. These could be signs of something more serious than just being “tired”. You like 4.4 million Americans could be struggling with a mental illness, which unlike the common cold, getting treatment is not easy. While therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors are all Mental Health Care professionals, they all play many roles in getting adequate treatment.
Psychotherapy, a term used within the Mental Health field, simply means “talk therapy”. Known to be the most effective key treatment option, talk therapy has been around since 1879 and is constantly being integrated with many other forms of therapy. While there are various key techniques that contribute to the success of talk therapy, open ended questioning provides the consumer with an opportunity to be heard and the professional a chance to observe body language and tone.
If you are still hesitant about seeking therapy, here are a few tips to help ease some of your dismay.
Awareness of Your Mental State
When you have a mental illness one behavior/ symptom is the thought that you are perfectly A Okay. Persistent Depressive Disorder is a type of depression in which symptoms last for a minimum of 2 years. While many consumers express that they experience symptoms of despair for at least 10 years, they don’t seek treatment due to the thought that they are truly ok. Being aware of a change in your behavior may be difficult to do in the beginning. Changes such as an inability to sleep, irritability or decrease in appetite that continuously occur may not indicate a mental illness; however, uncontrollable crying, delusions and hallucinations indicate a serious internal alarm that you are experiencing an episode.
TIP: Start a daily journal, take notes or voice record patterns, moods or even things that you normally enjoy doing. This will be awesome for a visit to your mental health care provider because it will provide a consistent behavior pattern.
Understand Your CoPay and Insurance Plan
Although having medical insurance is a huge financial help, most insurance companies do not ensure full coverage. It is important to pull your coverage or call your insurance company to get all of the facts before you attend your first session.
TIP: Some tests are not covered by your insurance company, find out the exact terms of your coverage.
Research Mental Health Care Professionals
This step is very crucial and vital to a successful relationship between consumer and professional. You can find out their professional background, disbarment, primary focus and much more on many websites. Each mental health care professional plays a specific role in managing your illness.
TIP: Find one close to your home, work or a friend for an easy option for cooling down.
You Can Always Change Doctors
Finding a doctor is not as easy as it may seem. Every doctor has a different approach and sometimes you may not feel comfortable with their approach. If you are not meshing well or feel as though their diagnosis does not seem accurate, feel free to get a second opinion. Once you have a positive connection with a doctor of your choice the better your experience will be.
TIP: You know your body best, if you are experiencing unusual side effects or feel over medicated express your concerns to your doctor.
Have a Support Team
You may be exhausted after all of the searching and attending sessions so make sure that you have a strong support group for those difficult times. Some sessions will be intense and trigger some unwanted symptoms or feelings. You may need a friend to just be there for extra comfort.
TIP: You don’t have to share your sessions with friends unless you absolutely want too.
Try to Be Open, Honest and Consistent
Last but not least remain transparent. This will be the only way your Mental Health care professional can adequately treat your illness. The better insight on your symptoms, behaviors and experiences the real managing can begin.
TIP: Let your doctor know how difficult the topic may be before you begin to discuss your feelings. They can ease into the subject and ultimately be there for you.