Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

Treatments and Programs Available for Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as your physical health, and just like you’d go to the doctor if you were getting physical symptoms of an illness, there is no shame in asking for help if you feel your mental health declining. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or another psychiatric disorder, getting the right treatment is an important step in your recovery and being able to feel like yourself once again. Some common treatment options for patients who require help with their mental health and wellbeing include:

Talking Therapies:

Talking therapies are one of the most popular treatments for a wide range of mental health problems. There are different therapy types to choose from, with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) being one of the most popular. CBT works to help you challenge your personal belief system and over time, change the way that you think and view situations, giving you the tools and resources that you need to improve your mental health and make healthier decisions and reactions to situations. CBT is carried out by a licensed therapist, and can be offered in inpatient programs, outpatient programs, online, and more.

Outpatient Mental Health Treatment:

An intensive outpatient program for mental health is designed to help patients with a variety of mental health concerns. Ideally, this type of treatment is well-suited for patients who are able to continue going to work or school but who need some additional support in the form of therapies and other mental health treatments. You will usually be required to attend appointments with a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist on a regular basis. This could mean having appointments multiple times per week for an intensive program, which can be reduced over time as your mental health begins to improve.

Mental Health Day Treatments:

Day treatments are short, intensive programs that require the patient to spend a few hours per day at a treatment facility engaging in treatment programs and activities. There are no overnight stays involved and patients are able to return home at the end of each day. Most of the time, patients will visit daily for a period of a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of their symptoms and their progress. Many patients continue in an outpatient program or with regular visits to a therapist after the program is complete.

Residential Programs:

Residential programs are the most intense type of mental health care, and tend to be recommended only for people who are suffering with severe mental health symptoms that are having a significant impact on their everyday life. Patients may stay at the facility for a few weeks to a few months. Residential mental health programs can be found for various mental health issues from depression and anxiety to substance abuse, PTSD, OCD and more. Throughout the program, you will have access to specialist care in a setting where you can simply focus on getting better.

Choosing the right treatment program for yourself or a loved one can make all the difference when it comes to mental health improvement.


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