Truth about Psychotherapy – Myths Busted

icon_five_03x_transObjective of psychotherapy

Psychotherapy or more commonly, therapy is the procedure of treating mental health including emotional and psychological disorder through verbal and non-verbal communications with the patient. It aims to help people identify their problems and change their way of thinking in order to cope with difficult situation they are going through. In short, the main objective of psychotherapy is to alleviate mental suffering and stress through communication rather than applying drugs.

According to medical dictionary the definition of psychotherapy is “Treatment of emotional, behavioral, personality, and psychiatric disorders based primarily on verbal or nonverbal communication and interventions with the patient, in contrast to treatments using chemical and physical measures.”

Myths about psychotherapy

Unfortunately, at the age of science psychotherapy is still a subject most people are not completely aware of, rather bear wrong notions about it. Such misunderstanding actually prevents them from seeking the much needed help and get rid of depression. Here we will discuss about the myths and facts about psychotherapy.

Myth #1: Psychotherapy is for people with “serious mental problems”. It is a matter of shame to be diagnosed with psychological disorder.

Fact: In reality there are various reasons people can visit therapists. You can seek help to cope with the stress and difficulties that are troubling you. It might be a breakup from a relationship or excessive pressure at work, or the loss of close relative or friend to name a few. Negative emotions and feelings that hinder us from enjoying life are needs to be eliminated in order to live life better.

A therapist will listen to you carefully and figure out the reasons of depression, anxiety, grief and other negative emotions and alleviate them with the help of various techniques such as exercise, meditation, socializing among others instead of medication. It builds mental strength and shows the way to cope up with stress. Therefore it is better to see a therapist before the problem aggravates.

Myth #2: If you have good friends to discuss your problems with there is no need of seeing a therapist.

Fact: Since therapy is still a shrouded topic people often avoid seeing therapists even when they need it badly. There is a belief persists in our society that the support from family and friends can be substitute for psychotherapy.

Truth is, social support plays an important role in difficult times but therapists are trained professionals who spend a great amount of time in researching and developing knowledge about different aspects of human psychology. They know the most effective ways of treating scientifically the various emotional, cognitive and behavioral issues that people face in difficult situations.

Secondly, a therapist listens to you from a neutral perspective, so you can communicate with him/her freely. But when you are with a friend or a relative you are conscious about his/her feelings towards you and you are likely to censor your story in apprehension of what he/she might think of you or you may hurt his/her feelings. On the other hand, a friend’s comment has the power to affect you deeply. So, your friend may not want to hurt you telling harsh truth.

And most importantly, psychotherapy is a confidential matter. Therapists work under this legal mandate to keep things secret and not to disclose any information about their patients. Therefore, a therapy is always worthwhile.

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