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Dispelling Notions Concerning Seeking Mental Health Care

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Mental illness and emotional problems can strike anyone, and it is an unfortunate fact that there are many individuals that do not understand their options for seeking treatment. Often, this may be due to them assuming that common misconceptions concerning psychology and counseling are true. Once you have the following notions about psychologist prescribing medications and that this treatment is only for those with chronic mental health problems refuted, you will find that you have a better understanding about how counseling services will be useful for your situation. Myth: A Psychologist Will Just Prescribe Medications When individuals are considering seeing a psychologist, they are often under the assumption that they will simply be prescribed an assortment of medications. However, this is far from the case because psychologists do not prescribe their patients medications. Rather, psychiatrists perform this function. A psychologist will work with their patients to instill the emotional skills needed to handle the challenges the patient is facing. In cases where the patient’s problems are particularly severe, they may be referred to a psychiatrist for medication while continuing their sessions with the psychologist. While going to two doctors may not be something that you want to do, it can be one of the most effective treatment options. Myth: You Need To Suffer From Chronic Mental Health Problems To Benefit From Counseling There is another frequent concern among potential patients that they may only benefit from these services if they suffer from a chronic problem. However, this is far from the truth, and there are patients that visit these professionals with a range of issues. It is actually fairly common for individuals to seek this type of counseling when they are going through a temporary emotional crisis, such as a divorce or death of a loved one. Regardless of the problem that the patient is experiencing, the psychologist will tailor the treatment to those specific needs to ensure that they are providing effective care. Experiencing mental health problems can result in a serious degradation in the quality of your life, but there is a chance that you may not understand how a psychologist can help you to overcome these problems. Seeking treatment can be especially confusing if you believe some commonly held misconceptions regarding mental health care. After you understand that a psychologist will not prescribe medications and that these counseling services are viable for a variety of mental health problems, you will have more of the information needed to have your problem addressed as quickly and effectively as...

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4 Reasons To Take Your Child To Counselling After A Divorce

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If you are currently dealing with a divorce, you are probably dealing with a lot of emotions. It can be tough to think about what the rest of your family needs, but it really is important to put your child first. One great way to do so is to put your child in counselling, even if you don’t think that he or she needs it. These are just some of the many reasons why it’s a good idea for kids to see a counsellor after their parents get divorced. 1. Your Child Needs Someone to Vent To The truth is that your child might be more upset or frustrated about the divorce than you think. After kids hear their parents arguing and realize that their marriage is over, they often have thoughts about both parents and the situation in general. Your kid might not feel comfortable talking to you about the situation, so it can be helpful for him or her to have a counsellor to talk to. 2. Make Sure Your Child Doesn’t Feel to Blame You might think that it’s a cliche, but a surprising number of kids do feel that they are at least partly responsible for their parents getting divorced. Even if you tell your child that this isn’t the truth, he or she might not believe you at first. Luckily, counsellors know how to handle these situations. 3. Find Out About Underlying Issues Your child could have fears and issues that you don’t even know about after a divorce. For example, he or she could be worried about never seeing the other parent again or could be worried about moving. Counsellors know how to talk to kids about these fears and can help share any issues with you so that you can work on resolving them. 4. Give Yourself a Break If you’re going through a divorce, you probably need a little bit of time for yourself. Plus, you might be so worried about helping your child that you aren’t giving yourself the things that you need. By taking your child to a counselling session once a week or so, you can give yourself a little bit of time while doing something important for your child as well. Dealing with divorce is never easy, and it can become particularly difficult if there are children involved. Luckily, a counsellor can help your child while you’re dealing with the aftermath of your divorce. For more information, contact Bock Belisle & Associates or a similar...

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About Marriage Counseling: How It Works

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Resentments, hurt feelings, bitterness, and sadness: When months or even years of problems mount up, it may seem the relationship will end. Approximately half of all first marriages end in divorce (and subsequent marriages fare even worse), after all. Before reaching that point, try marriage counseling instead. Here’s what you need to know about what it involves so you can keep from reaching a flat-out crisis before you enter the counselor’s door. About Marriage Counseling Often called couple’s counseling, marriage counseling is a form of therapy that aims to mediate couple’s differences, helping them to learn to see each others perspective, negotiate conflicts, and to improve communication between them. Generally considered a short-term therapy, marriage counseling is often performed by specialized family and marriage therapists, although sometimes couple’s may turn to a pastor, priest, or similar person. How It Works When a couple arrives at marriage counseling, they aren’t always headed for divorce — sometimes they are preparing to marry instead. It’s impossible to point to any typical scenario, in fact. Couples may be homosexual or heterosexual . Both partners may be involved in the therapy (which is preferable), or it may involve one of the pair instead. The couple may be on the brink of divorce or merely seeking assistance with a specific problem instead. No matter what the situation or circumstances, the therapist’s main goal is to bring resolution to the couple’s issues (or potential issues). This involves Teaching win-win problem-solving skills the couple can apply to their issues. Providing knowledge of how to keep the mood and emotions between the couple positive. Guiding the couple in understanding how the other’s childhood impacted their issues. Teaching the pair how to deal with future issues. Reasons to Seek Couple’s Counseling Of course you don’t have to be at the end of your rope to consult a therapist. If you’re wavering on the issue, however, consider asking yourself about different aspects of your relationship. Problems such as these, briefly explored next, can be addressed — often successfully — in marriage therapy. Communication problems — Whether one partner is more withdrawn or possibly argumentative, marriage counseling seeks to remove the barriers and teach each other to really hear. Overcoming negative communication can be a difficult proposition without outside help. Conflicts about child rearing or blended families — Differences in child rearing or problems that arise when marrying a partner with children of her own can cause stress on the relationship. Sharing the same space — If it seems like you do little more than share the same space; couple’s counseling allows you the opportunity to reconnect with each other and identify what’s “missing.” Financial problems — Money difficulties are a tremendous stressor. Therapy provides a safe environment in which you can work together to find answers. Infidelity — Infidelity and sexual dysfunction is another area that causes strain in many relationships. Through therapy, you may learn to reconnect and decide you want to stay together. Of course this list isn’t exhaustive. Try making a list showing your own issues and perhaps encourage your partner to make his own. Take this with you to your first visit so the therapist has a clear idea of what the problem might be and can work with you to resolve it. Remember, even if...

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms And Treatment

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that affects a person’s relationships and overall satisfaction in life. Sometimes confused with bipolar disorder, BPD differs from it in that mood swings are typically of shorter duration (they may last a couple hours whereas bipolar mood swings can last months). If you believe that you may have borderline personality disorder, keep reading. Here you will learn about symptoms of BPD, as well as ways it can be treated. How Can You Tell If You Have BPD? The only true way to tell if you have BPD is to get diagnosed by an experienced psychologist. But there are some signs which signal that you may have it. Below are some of them: Unstable personal relationships (romantic or platonic) Impulsive behaviors (such as reckless spending or eating large amounts of food) Intense fear of abandonment  Suicidal thoughts or behaviors Feeling empty or bored much of the time  Having frequent anger outbursts It is important to note that some of these signs are characteristic of other mental illnesses as well. Some of them are are present in conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder for example. So even if you believe you have BPD, you may actually have something else. It’s also possible you could have a combination of BPD and another mental illness. How Is BPD Treated? There are multiple approaches used to treat BPD. Below are some of these: Dialectical behavior therapy: In dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the patient first learns what triggers their negative emotional states. Triggers may include being ignored or yelled at, for example. Once the patient has learned what triggers them, they are then taught coping strategies to better deal with the triggers. These coping strategies take the place of bad habits the patient used in the past (such as self-harm or compulsive spending). People undergoing DBT may use a combination of individual and group therapy in their treatment. This enables them to discuss personal issues in individual therapy and practice skills during group therapy. Schema-focused therapy: Schema-focused therapy combines many different kinds of therapies, from cognitive-behavioral to interpersonal to experiential. It’s been found to be quite effective in helping to manage symptoms of BPD. The theory behind it is that people have different schemas, or self-destructive patterns they have developed. In schema focused therapy, these schemas are identified, learned about, and eventually corrected.  BPD can be a confusing and stressful condition to have. Luckily, effective treatments do exist for it. To get diagnosed or learn more about treatment and counseling, see a...

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