When One is Not Enough: Why You May Need Both Medication and Therapy
There are over 450 million people worldwide with mental health illnesses, so it is not uncommon and you should not be embarrassed if you are one of them. In fact, with treatment, you can be as good as new (or even better than new) in no time. The treatment you need just depends on your condition and the severity of your illness. A lot of people think that medication is a last resort and many others believe that therapy is a last resort. However, in some cases, it is necessary to have both.
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Seeing A Doctor
Let’s face it, if you have heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, you will go to the doctor and take medication if that is what is needed to treat it. You want your life to be good and if seeing a specialist such as a cardiologist or oncologist is what is needed then that is what you will do, right? And if they prescribe medication, chances are you are going to take it, right? Well, why are so many people reluctant to see a psychiatrist or therapist when their mental health is at risk? And why do so many people balk at the idea of taking an antidepressant or antianxiety medication? If it makes you feel better, why not do it?
Stigma and Embarrassment
Stigma is a major deterrent for many people who have mental health disorders. They are embarrassed or they may have been brought up to believe that “it is all in your head” and you should just “get over it.” However, even if your mental health condition is all in your head, such as with a chemical imbalance in your brain, if you were able to just “get over it” you probably would have by now. If you could just “get over it” without treatment, chances are pretty good that you surely would have done so.
Medication Can Help
What if it is your child that has a mental health disorder? How many children now are on medication and seeing a therapist for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are doing so much better? So, why is it that when it comes to us, as adults, we think we do not need therapy or medication? Many of us think we can just deal with it and that we will feel better eventually. Well, if you have a serious condition such as severe depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, you will likely need both to feel better again.
Maybe you do not have time or like many people with depression or anxiety disorders, you just do not like to leave the house. Did you know there is now a way to see an online psychiatrist without even leaving your house? And you do not have to make an appointment either. Sites such as BetterHelp.com have over 2,000 licensed and experienced professionals available 24/7 so it is easier than ever before to get the treatment you need. What are you waiting for?
Have you tried alternative therapy methods? Let us know in the comments.