Mental Health Treatment

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Treatment options for mental health generally involve therapy, medication and/or a combination of both. Treatment strategy will depend on the disorder, the severity of symptoms, personal preference and the recommendations of mental health professionals.

Psychotherapy: Therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional.  Psychotherapy examines thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and aims to improve an individual’s well being.

Medication: Medication does not outright cure mental illness.  However, it may help a person to manage their symptoms.

Case Management: Case management coordinates services for an individual with the help of a trained case manager.  A case manager can evaluate, plan, and implement a number of ways to make possible a recovery.

Support Group: A group meeting where participants guide each other towards the shared goal of recovery.  Support groups are often comprised of peers that have suffered from similar experiences.

Self Help Plan: A self-help plan is a health plan unique to the individual where they can address their condition by implementing strategies that promote wellness.

Hospitalization: In a minority of cases, hospitalization may be necessary so that an individual can be closely monitored, accurately diagnosed or have medications adjusted when that individual's mental illness temporarily worsens.

-Mental Health America