Is it Time to See a Therapist?
The most recent statistics from the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health stated that nearly 10-20 million Indians suffer from a severe mental disorder, and 50 million may be dealing with more common disorders like depression or anxiety. Substance Use Disorders were seen in 22.4% of the population above 18 years of age in the 12 surveyed states. 1% reported high suicidal risk, a number that went up in the 40-49 age group, women and urban residents.
When is it time to see a therapist?
- Feeling an overwhelming feeling of sadness, helplessness and hopelessness over a long period of time?
- Finding it difficult to function from day to day because of your emotional difficulties? Are they interfering with your concentration or productivity?
- Indulging in behaviours that could harm yourself or those around you, like drinking excessively or behaving aggressive?
- Troubled by the emotional difficulties that your loved ones are facing?
- If you answered yes to any of the above questions, therapy can help you.
Does therapy really help?
Research compared the well-being of people with emotional difficulties who’ve had several sessions of therapy to those who haven’t, and found that those who received treatment show a significant difference. One major study showed that 50 percent of patients noticeably improved after eight sessions while 75 percent of individuals in therapy improved by the end of six months. Therapy is also as effective for children as it is for adults.
Studies have shown that therapy has a visible impact on symptoms related to depression and anxiety, such as pain, fatigue and nausea. It even has physical benefits, like increasing survival time for heart surgery and cancer patients and boosting the immune system. This shows how closely emotional and physical health is linked.
What is it?
Psychotherapy provides a safe space where you can open up about your thoughts and feelings. A trained therapist will help you use techniques and build skills that are deeply rooted in years of scientific research. They will help you develop healthier and more effective habits that will help you live a happier, healthier and more productive life.
In therapy, you work together with the psychologist to identify thought and behaviour patterns that are keeping you from feeling good. Your therapist will create a supportive and nonjudgmental environment in which you can talk openly and honestly, and then work together to identify and achieve your goals.
Through therapy you will not only address the problem that you came with, but also learn new habits and skills that will help you deal with other challenges that you may face in the future.
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If you, or anyone you know, is considering reaching out to a therapist, don’t hesitate to contact us. An InnerHour therapist can help you.
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