The pandemic period was difficult for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ensuing economic downturn, have had a detrimental effect on many people’s mental health and established new barriers for those who already suffer from mental illness and substances abuse disorders.
Problem of Loneliness:
As the disease outbreak progresses, ongoing and essential public health measures reveal an increasing number of people to situations associated with psychological distress, such as solitude and loss of jobs. A substantial body of research connects isolation and loneliness to poor personal health. Loneliness was a public health problem even before the deadly virus, due to its link to a shorter lifespan and a heightened incidence of both mental and physical illnesses.
Women have a higher mean level of internalising disorders than men do. When women find it very hard to talk about their complex emotions and instead internalise them, it can give rise to issues such as depression and disordered eating. Health disparities may be exacerbated by sociocultural factors such as gender socialisation, the prevalence of domestic violence, lower socioeconomic status, and so on. They may self-harm to express their emotional pain, whereas men are more likely to act out their feelings through disruptive or anti-social behaviour.
And it is for this reason that seeking assistance is critical. You will work with a trained mental health professional in therapy. What you do in each appointment is determined by your therapist’s preferred methods and the issues you want to address. Expect to spend some time talking about how difficult situations, emotions, and behaviours affect your life. This will most likely entail dealing with some negative events or distressing thoughts. Although it may be tough at the moment, the end result is typically a better, more fulfilling life.
The majority of therapists see all or the majority of their clients in person; however, the number of therapists offering online therapy is rapidly growing. Online therapy produces results that are comparable to in-person therapy, regardless of the therapeutic approach. However, some types of therapy, such as dance therapy and art therapy, are not available online. There are dozens of different types of therapy that might be right for you.
1.CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is an abbreviation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy, one of the more well-known types of therapies, is often used to treat issues such as depression, anxiety, drug abuse, marital problems, eating disorders, and serious mental illness. CBT helps patients develop coping skills and change dysfunctional thinking and behavioural patterns.
2.Cognitive Processing Therapy
Cognitive processing therapy is a subgroup of CBT that aids in the reduction of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CPT works by assisting patients in identifying and modifying irrational thoughts about their trauma.
3.Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy focuses on four key areas to help patients manage negative feelings and reduce conflict in relationships: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional control, and distress tolerance.
EMDR therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, treats symptoms by encouraging the patient to briefly focus on the painful event while receiving bilateral stimulation, generally through eye movements, which decreases the vividness and emotion of the memory.
Family therapy is a type of counselling that aims to assist family members in communicating with one another and resolving conflicts. This can include the entire extended family or just a subset of them. Family therapy can be beneficial in situations that cause stress, grief, or anger, such as a family member’s mental illness, conflicts among family members, or financial or marital problems.
This is a comprehensive talk therapy that is primarily used to treat depression and other serious psychological disorders, with the goal of assisting patients in working through their emotional reactions in a successful and fit manner. This includes both analysing problems and changing behaviours.
Someone who is undertaking exposure therapy will work with their psychiatrist to determine what causes their anxiety. After being exposed to these triggers, the individual will learn how to avoid ritualistic behaviours or anxiety.
With so many options, committing to a specific type of therapy can be overwhelming. If your healthcare provider diagnoses you with a mental illness, they may have some recommendations for you.
Finally, the decision is yours. Keep in mind that many therapists combine techniques from various types of therapy. It’s also completely acceptable to try one method, discover that it doesn’t suit you then switch to another.