Is therapy only for mental illness?

There are a lot of misconceptions about going to a therapist, and one of them is that therapy is only for people suffering from a debilitating mental illness. This is far from the truth. Psychotherapy, or psychotherapy, is a way to help people with a wide variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control problematic symptoms so that a person can function better and increase well-being and healing.

Sometimes, psychotherapy can be an effective first treatment for mental disorders. However, for many people, a combination of psychotherapy and medication may work better. Therapy can be very helpful for people with anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems. However, it can also be used as a preventive form of medical care.

Talking about a topic, no matter how insignificant it may seem, can help people before they reach a crisis point. This can help ensure that they are better equipped to cope with adversity. Most mental health professionals recommend that people treat mental illness with a combination of psychotherapy and medication or therapy alone. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 27 percent of Americans have received treatment or therapy from a mental health professional.

It sounds harsh, but it's not that far from telling someone they're weak because they use therapy to deal with trauma, mental illness, and stress instead of enduring. People with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence, according to a study published in the American Journal of Mental Health. But it has adapted for other mental health issues that threaten a person's safety, relationships, work, and emotional well-being. One of the biggest misconceptions about therapy is that it is only intended to treat serious clinical mental illnesses or help alleviate the most serious trauma.

In the same way that people visit doctors when they are not sick, they may want a checkup, a test or advice, therapy is not exclusively for people with diagnosed mental illness. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps people with mental illness identify and change inaccurate perceptions they may have of themselves and the world around them. For those who don't have excellent mental health coverage in their insurance, but want affordable therapy, they can use online therapy websites to facilitate it, take advantage of resources offered by the government and schools, or find a therapist who uses a sliding scale for payments. Unless one of your friends, family or partner is a licensed therapist, you won't get the same mental health benefits for talking to them.

During a psychotherapy session, you talk to a doctor or licensed mental health professional to identify and change problematic thoughts. It's a common misunderstanding that you have to hit rock bottom before getting help, but research shows that early intervention is crucial to preventing or reducing the severity of a mental health problem in the future. I didn't know it at the time, but I was dealing with depression, a mental health condition that affects approximately 8.1 percent of Americans. People with mental illnesses who have reduced their functioning to the point where they are dangerous, usually need psychiatric treatment before committing to therapy.

There are many misconceptions about therapy, including the one that it's only for people who are struggling with a mental health problem.

Diana Anzaldua
Diana Anzaldua

Diana Anzaldua, LCSW - S, TYCT, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher in Central Texas. As the founder and owner of Austin Trauma Therapy Center, she teaches clients new skills for coping and adapting to the daily stresses of life so they can live the life they imagined by connecting them to their true authentic selves. Diana has been featured in industry magazines & websites such as Bustle, Hello Giggles, Yahoo, PBS, Allure, and more. Diana started this website to help answer FAQs for people interested in learning more about therapy around the world!