Psychotherapy is an effective approach towards treating mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. A psychologist collaborates and listens to the patient, bringing about a dialogue that will help the patient find what they might need to support them. According to the the National Institute of Mental Health, more than a quarter of American adults experience depression, anxiety or another mental disorder in any given year. Psychotherapy can come from a number of different approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and others.
Psychotherapy could be helpful if:
You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.
Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
You find it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or to carry out other everyday activities.
You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.
Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, are harming you or others.
Psychotherapy can help improve mental health and quality of life. Research shows that about 75% of those in psychotherapy benefit from it.
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