Whats the best way to treat a mental health illness.
When you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of mental illness, the most logical thing is that you want to make sure that the sick person receives the most appropriate treatment, which is why many people ask themselves what can be more effective in each case: if the patient should receive only therapy, or if he or she should be prescribed a series of medications. Also, another question that is usually present is what type of professional should be in charge of the patient, whether it should be a psychiatrist or a therapist.
Now, what are the differences between a psychiatrist and a therapist?
A psychiatrist is a doctor of Medicine specializing in mental illness. He can prevent, diagnose and give appropriate treatment to influence the rehabilitation of the patient. He may also prescribe medications. A therapist is a professional who works with the patient through Psychotherapy (Psychotherapy are techniques that are used to facilitate psychological change and behavior of the patient, listening to the expression of their problems and feelings, and providing him tools that contribute to alleviate their mental condition).
As for drugs that can be prescribed to a person suffering from mental illness, they are substances that play the role of compensating for the chemical imbalances that cause the disease.
In the last decades it has been verified that Psychotherapy contributes actively to improve the patient’s condition, therefore the best treatment is usually a combination of medications and Psychotherapy provided individually or in groups.
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