What are mental health treatments?

Treatment varies by type of mental disorder, but almost always involves psychiatric counseling. Sometimes medications may also be prescribed. Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, involves talking about your condition and related problems with a mental health professional. During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts, and behavior.

With the information and knowledge you gain, you can learn coping and stress management skills. Psychiatric inpatient treatment generally consists of stabilization, close monitoring, medication, administration of fluids and nutrition, and other necessary emergency care. Medications are often used in combination with psychotherapy and are offered in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. While support groups and 12-step programs are free and beneficial, they do not provide medical supervision or offer professional therapy.

People living with mental illness can benefit from a variety of treatments. Medical treatment may be provided by a general practitioner (GP) or psychiatrist. Medications may play a role in the treatment of various mental disorders and conditions. Treatment may also include psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”) and brain stimulation therapies (less common).

In some cases, psychotherapy alone may be the best treatment option. Choosing the right treatment plan should be based on the individual needs and medical situation of the individual, and under the care of a mental health professional. Dual-diagnosis treatment offers comprehensive mental health services for those struggling with both a mental health condition and an addiction or substance use disorder. And just like physical health conditions, it's clear that the sooner you get treatment for mental illness, the better and better you or your loved one will feel and improve.

Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional. Mental illness can also increase the risk of certain health conditions, such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. However, your healthcare provider may perform tests, such as blood tests or imaging tests, to rule out other conditions that may affect mental health. Your doctor or mental health professional will ask you additional questions based on your answers, symptoms, and needs.

The mental health professional will then discuss with the person the best treatment options for symptoms and possible underlying causes. This level of care is best suited for those in need of constant medical supervision, as well as for those with relatively severe long-term symptoms who have not shown significant progress after an outpatient mental health intervention. This manual is used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental health conditions and is used by insurance companies to reimburse treatment. Mental illness treatment can be carried out in a variety of settings and typically involves a multidisciplinary team of providers, such as counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, mental health aides, and peer support professionals.

When treatments, such as medications and therapy, cannot relieve symptoms of depression or another mental health condition, brain stimulation therapies may be an option. Complementary and alternative mental health treatment options can be used in addition to traditional forms of treatment, such as therapy and medications. Psychotherapy, family therapy, educational courses, and behavior management techniques can help everyone involved cope with disorders that affect a child's mental health. .

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!