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About Treatment

"Treatment" is the word used to describe the approaches or techniques that your therapist will use throughout the helping process. When you hear the word, "treatment," you may think of your Medical Doctor, Medications, or other Medical procedures. However, psychotherapy is often a medical treatment. When your therapist charges your insurance company, the charges often fall under the major medical policy or as a specialist. This is because mental health diagnosis are clinically significant problems that impact a your functioning or cause significant distress, just like a cold or case of pneumonia. Mental health problems have been found to be related to auto-immune diseases, gastro-intestinal diseases, heart disease, heart attacks, cancers, strokes, and hypertension and it can impact recovery from disease, heart attacks, immunity, pain management, and cancer.

Treatment is something to be taken seriously. Your expectations have a lot to do with your success. If you have low expectations of therapy or your therapist, then you may be less motivated. If you have high expectations, you'll probably be more motivated and follow recomendations more closely, and thus have a more successful outcome.

How can you make your treatment more effective?

1. Be sure to share any concerns or reservations about therapy with your therapist. Don't be afraid to be direct with them or worried about hurting their feelings. Holding back concerns or bad feelings will only make things worse.

2. Consider waiting to start therapy when you feel ready, but don't pu things off too long. Sometimes there's never a good time to start, so you may have to push yourself. However, if you wait too long, your symptoms or problems may get worse.

3. Follow all the advice and recommendations as closely as possible. For example, if you doctor told you take an antibiotic and aspirin, and you only took the aspirin, you probably wouldn't feel much better. The same is true for therapy; when your therapist asks you to do "homework," make a behavior change, read a book, keep a journal or log, or fill out a form, doing so will probably make your therapy more effective.

4. Be honest and open about your problems, your history, and your priorities.

5. Attend all of your scheduled meetings. If you have to cancel, be sure to reschedule as soon as possible.