We’re all guilty of doing the right thing when it comes to treating our physical ailments.
But if you’re in the business of helping people with mental illnesses, it’s worth thinking twice about doing so.
It’s time to consider alternative treatments.
“The vast majority of people with chronic illnesses can be helped by the standard treatment,” says Dr. Paul Poulin, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Sydney and co-author of a study on this topic.
“It’s not the only way to treat it, but it’s a lot safer than having an electroshock and having to go to the hospital.”
This is especially true for people with severe mental illness, Poulyn says.
People with depression and schizophrenia have been using various forms of therapy for decades.
They’ve seen improvements in their lives, they’re less likely to seek treatment, and they’re more likely to stick with their treatment plan.
And for some people, the therapy can also help to manage the symptoms.
Pouyn says people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness can get a lot of help from psychotherapy.
“We all need to find ways to cope with mental illness,” he says.
“But when we’re not looking for help, we’re missing out on a lot.”
This might be because, Poulsen says, the traditional treatment of psychotherapy isn’t always successful.
Psychotherapy is a cognitive therapy that focuses on the brain’s functioning and how we process information.
But this is not the same as “brainwashing,” Poulson says.
It doesn’t require a lot more effort to convince someone to stop their medication, for example.
Psychologists have long known that people with major depression and bipolar disorder have lower levels of dopamine and serotonin in their brains.
This makes them more susceptible to depressive episodes.
So psychologists have been trying to figure out ways to help people with these disorders.
One technique is called cognitive behavioral therapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy uses “interpersonal cues” to help patients better understand what’s going on in their minds and how to manage their behavior.
This is where people can talk to themselves and see what the patterns of thought are, and learn to use these strategies to manage stress and anxiety.
For example, people who regularly hear negative feedback about themselves or others can be trained to focus on those thoughts and try to avoid them.
In other words, they learn to ignore them.
“That’s where you’re going to have a huge improvement,” Poullen says.
But it’s not without risk.
Cognitive behavior therapy has its critics.
People who’ve been through it claim it can be too invasive and may leave them feeling anxious or depressed.
Some have even been accused of trying to trick people into doing things that aren’t beneficial for their mental health.
For Poulen, there are also concerns about the side effects that can come from the therapy.
“In many cases, people with depression or bipolar disorder can’t manage their symptoms without using cognitive behavioral therapies,” he said.
And Poulyn notes that the treatment can make people more anxious.
He says the more you try to change their behaviors, the more they might revert back to their old behaviors.
This can lead to a cycle of problems.
People may begin to feel like they can’t cope with the problems that are going on, he says, which is also the point of cognitive behavioral treatment.
“You have a relapse.
You have a period of anxiety.”
This cycle of self-medication, relapse and anxiety can lead people to have serious health problems.
Poulinus says it’s important to keep in mind that this is a treatment and not a cure.
“When you treat a person, they may develop side effects.
It can be really harmful,” he warns.
“Some people do have serious side effects, so we’re very careful about that.
If people don’t get well, it can happen again.”
This type of therapy is not without its critics, however.
Psychologist Jennifer Gifford, a clinical psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says people can make a mistake by using the treatment without understanding the psychological side effects and consequences.
“If we don’t understand the psychological consequences, we have to assume that they’re not really that bad,” he told National Review Online.
“So, there is this risk of misdiagnosis and misadventure and misperceptions and so forth.”
“We have to be really careful in how we do it, and that’s the biggest thing,” POULLEN says.
Poussen agrees that it’s better to get the right person to help.
“For people with psychological problems, it could be very difficult to identify someone who is not just trying to be helpful but who is trying to help with a very complicated problem that has been going on for a