Individual Mental Health Treatment
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Individual Mental Health Treatment
Many people diagnosed with mental health disorders gain strength through individual treatment. There are many different individual treatment options available. However, no one treatment type is guaranteed to work for everyone. So individual treatment or a combination of treatments may be used to suit the individual’s needs.
Individual Treatment: What to Expect
Mental health treatment begins with a diagnosis. To be diagnosed, someone must undergo a physical exam, lab tests, and a psychological evaluation. Depending on the severity of the condition, individual treatment and others may be recommended.
Your Treatment Team
If you’ve got mild mental illness with well-controlled symptoms, treatment from a primary doctor may be all you need. A treatment team is often employed for more severe cases to ensure the appropriate care is received. A treatment team might include your:
- family or primary care doctor
- nurse practitioner
- physician assistant
- psychiatrist or medical doctor who diagnoses and treats mental illnesses
- psychotherapists, such as a psychologist or a licensed counselor
- social worker
- family members
Mental Health Treatments for Individuals
Individual treatment is often combined with group treatment and other types of care. However, there are several types of individual care available, including:
Individual therapy or psychotherapy is a type of talk therapy. This mental health treatment is provided by a training mental health professional. Psychotherapy can explore feelings, thoughts, and behaviors to help improve someone’s overall well-being. Paired with medication, psychotherapy is the most effective way to promote a successful recovery.
Different types of psychotherapy include:
- cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- exposure therapy
- dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- motivational interviewing (MI)
- trauma-informed therapy
- family therapy
- and more
Medication is not the sole solution to mental health issues. But it can help to manage out-of-control mental health symptoms. Medications paired with individual therapy are the most effective way to address individual mental health issues and promote recovery.
Residential Treatment Programs
In some cases, mental illnesses can be so severe that you need a level of care only a residential program can provide. This type of treatment program is usually recommended when someone is incapable of taking care of themselves or is in immediate danger of harming themselves or others.
Options for this treatment type include partial hospitalization programs or residential treatment, which provides a temporary stable place to live. Depending on your condition, an intensive outpatient program may also be appropriate.
It can be difficult to tell which mental health disorder someone has, especially if they also abuse substances. And it’s not uncommon for someone with mental health issues to abuse drugs or alcohol. If you cannot stop drug use on your own, formal treatment is necessary. Talk to your doctor about dual diagnosis treatment options.
Participating In Your Treatment
When you work in conjunction with your doctor, you can decide which treatment is best for your unique situation. Treatment plans will depend on your:
- personal preferences
- symptoms and severity of the condition
- medication side effects
- other factors
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