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Many people diagnosed with mental illness achieve strength and recovery through participating in individual or group treatment. There are many different treatment options available. There is no treatment that works for everyone – individuals can choose the treatment, or combination of treatments, that works best.
- Psychotherapy – Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional. Psychotherapy explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and seeks to improve an individual’s well-being.
- Medication – Medication can be very beneficial in the treatment of a mental health disorder. Medication is not an outright cure, but it may help with the management of symptoms. Medication is often paired with psychotherapy.
- 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 his or her mental illness temporarily worsens.
- Support Group – A support group is a group meeting where individuals can share their common experiences with each other. The members of the group provide each other with encouragement, comfort and advice. It is common for support groups to be focused on a specific disorder. There are support groups for people with bipolar disorder, compulsive gambling, etc. There are also support groups for family members.
*DISCLAIMER – The preceding articles are provided for informational purposes only. These resources are not in substitute of the services of mental health care professional.