- Therapy is more than a conversation
- Addiction causes other problems. The diagnosis may surprise you
- DDA, DDD, fears, hypochondria, excessive stress - psychotherapy will help
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Is therapy worth going to? When the world starts collapsing, you feel bad, you can't cope with your problems, go to a psychologist. Problems will not resolve themselves. Talking to someone who has studied human nature for many years can help you take control of your own life.
We most often choose psychotherapy when our mental state interferes with our normal functioning. Support from family and friends is important, but not always enough. We make the same mistakes, we lack joy in life, satisfaction with ourselves or relationships with other people, we are lonely, not understood, we feel fear for no apparent reason, sometimes we lose the meaning of existence.
Therapy is more than a conversation
A friend will listen to problems, say a good word, make us feel better for a moment. Psychotherapy involves not only listening and providing support, but also reaching out to often unconscious emotions causing mental discomfort and / or psychosomatic states (physical ailments caused by a mental state, such as headache, abdominal pain, faster heartbeat) and solving the problem.
This is only possible if we understand the mechanisms that guide us. Thanks to the appropriate knowledge and tools, a psychologist helps to introduce order in thoughts, feelings and life. Good psychotherapy heals from depression, excessive anxiety, shyness, difficulties in relationships with people. It helps to better understand oneself and function in close and distant surroundings, establish relationships with people, and resolve conflicts. It allows you to consciously manage your fate.
Addiction causes other problems. The diagnosis may surprise you
Sometimes the patient leaves after talking to something other than the one he came in. “My problem is alcohol, but I drink because it doesn't get along at home. Once my family problems are over, I will stop drinking. " It's not like that. The addiction must be de alt with first, and then the marital problems must be de alt with. So if a psychologist suspects that a patient is addicted to alcohol, he or she refers him to an addiction therapist, where he first of all diagnoses whether it is an addiction and to what extent the patient is addicted. Drug addiction treatment begins with a long medical process (detoxification, alcohol withdrawal), then psychotherapy is started. At the beginning, the therapist concludes a contract with the patient not to drink. Alcohol abolishes awareness andas long as someone does not deal with it, there is a risk that he will drink during the therapy, and then the therapy does not make sense.
Gambling, computer addiction and shopping do not change consciousness, but therapy also begins with overcoming the addiction, then other problems are solved.
When a couple comes in for whom one person has Adult Child Alcoholic Syndrome (ACA), sometimes two treatments are conducted simultaneously - in pairs and separately for the person with ACoA. If a psychologist suspects a personality disorder, deep neurosis or deep depression, he or she will refer you to a psychiatrist. In such cases, psychotherapy is supported by pharmacotherapy.
DDA, DDD, fears, hypochondria, excessive stress - psychotherapy will help
Some people are great at work, but they don't know how to arrange their private lives. They have been in several relationships and each time ended in a break-up, as they are afraid of building a family and the consequences of it. After talking to a psychologist, they find out what is at the root of the problem. It may turn out that, for example, the DDD syndrome is to blame (an adult child leaving a dysfunctional home, where there is no alcohol, but there is physical or psychological violence).
Therapy helps them become aware of thoughts that turn on defense mechanisms. Someone who experiences a panic attack (dyspnea, dizziness) on the bus receives cognitive-behavioral therapy, which consists in removing disturbances in thinking and gradually bringing symptoms closer to relief by changing behavior. In addition to the conversation, various exercises are introduced.
When someone is afraid of heights, they first climb the ladder until they can bear it, then higher. The therapist explains the mechanisms of incorrect habits and proposed therapeutic procedures. In the case of a hypochondriac, talking to a psychotherapist helps to redefine and put aside "sick" thinking. Someone cannot rest at the weekend because they persistently think that they have to go to work again on Monday. Then, together with the therapist, they try to find the reason for not controlling stress and try to work through the thought that drives this stress. If it turns out that the lack of assertiveness is to blame, relaxation training and working on assertiveness help.