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Do I Need Medication or Therapy?

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Do I Need Medication or Therapy?

When dealing with the flu or a sore throat, most people pop a pill to feel better and cure the illness. But when it comes to your mental health, it’s usually not so easy. Medication alone often won’t solve a complex issue like depression, anxiety, or another mental illness. At the same time, just talking about it may not be enough — so a combination of therapy and medication may be what you need. Keep reading to learn more about the complexity of mental illness and how your therapist in Burleson can identify a treatment plan to help you achieve success.

What Is Mental Illness, Really?

Mental health illness refers to conditions that affect cognition, behaviors, and emotions of an individual. There is a wide range of medical health conditions among which the most prevalent ones are depression and anxiety. Depression is a persistent low mood that impairs ones daily functioning severely. While anxiety is characterized by anxious emotions and worrisome thoughts accompanied with physical changes like heart palpitations.

Approximately 16 million adults in the US suffer from depression and almost 42 million adults experience anxiety in the US. Despite the unawareness around psychological health and the stigma attached to the mental illnesses, these conditions can be treated effectively. The two most common mode of treatments are medication and counseling. Medication is very effective for the treatment of depression and anxiety but if medication is accompanied with counseling, the results can be greatly amplified.

Medication & Therapy: The Path to Success

Medication work on the chemical imbalance in the body while counseling targets the thoughts and behavioral issues. The benefits of counseling are long term and can make your medication stop altogether eventually if implemented properly. Counseling is personalized and customized according to the needs of the patient. You can easily discuss your issues and found professional and practical solutions without fear of judgment.

In counseling, you can get the information and develop an understanding of your psychological condition which can greatly influence you thinking about mental health. Having accurate knowledge can also help in the recovery process and suddenly every behavior and thought began to make sense. Counseling is as necessary as medication, it can facilitate the recovery process and equip you with all the skills to deal with triggers in the future.

About the Author

Kristen M. Hardin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) working in Burleson, TX. She helps patients from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences gain the tools they need to manage life confidently and effectively. If you’re going through a big change, facing a persistent challenge, or would just like to talk to someone who will listen, call 817-223-3685 or talk to her online through BetterHelp.

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