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What sort of therapy can help mental health problems?

David Tolin
Psychology

There is increasing evidence that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has a distinct advantage over other forms of psychotherapy, particularly for depressive and anxiety disorders.  CBT is generally time-limited, goal-oriented, and focused on alleviating specific patterns of unhelpful behavior or irrational ways of thinking.  In many cases, the effects of CBT have been shown to be equal to or greater than those of psychiatric medications.

Today there are many very effective therapies to treat mental health problems. Medication is widely used, including drugs that treat depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Drugs are often used along with other treatments. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, involves discussing your condition with a therapist. There are many different approaches to psychotherapy. The approach that works best for you usually depends on your particular needs. Other possible therapies include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), hospitalization, and residential or day treatment programs.

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