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Talking Therapy: A Way to Cure Several Disorders

Submitted by on November 3, 2014 – 10:45 PM

talkingTalking therapy also known as talking treatment is a type of psychotherapy in which people discuss their problems and a talking therapist gives solutions. It’s useful for people who are dealing with negative thoughts and feelings; by talking they can make positive changes in their lives. It can help people who are feeling depressed by the events in their lives as well as people with mental health problems and enhances the quality of life.

 

Talking therapy is used in combination with medication. Every age group requires it and takes benefit from it as talking is an important part of our lives. Many people feel comfortable after talking and it can help people manage their lifestyle and improve their confidence. People who cannot share their feelings with their family members, can share their problems with their therapist.

 

Many people benefit from talking therapies. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends certain therapies specifically for certain problems, these include: Cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), Dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic therapies, Humanistic therapies and other kinds of talking therapy (group therapies, motivational counseling, interpersonal therapy etc).

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy involves the interaction of thoughts, behavior and emotions. Dialectic behavior therapy involves CBT and meditation and is used in the treatment of binge eating disorder. Psychodynamic therapy involves a person’s personality and their early life experiences which may influence their feelings. In group therapies, patients find their solutions together and it is used in conditions like obsessive compulsory disorder.

 

Talking therapies can help the persons who are suffering from depression, anxiety , eating disorder, phobia or addiction. For these patients cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapies are the best choices. Talking therapy might help people who are suffering from mental disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and can help to manage their condition more effectively.

 

Talking therapies can improve the quality of life in diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, stroke or cancer. People with long-term diseases are more prone to depression and stress so talking therapies may help them in combating depression. Moreover, talking therapies can also help people deal with difficult life events such as bereavement, relationship issues, or physical illness.

 

Older people, especially those with depression, are as likely to take benefit from talking therapies as everyone else. Depression is very common in geriatrics and mostly older people want to talk with someone so talking therapy can improve their lives. It can also help children with anxiety and children who are suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

 

References:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/benefits-of-talking-therapy.aspx

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/T/talking-therapies/

http://www.kidsmentalhealth.org/behavioral-therapy-for-children-with-emotional-disorders/

About the Author: Najaf Usman, is a student of pharmacy 3rd year, at Jinnah University for Women, Pakistan and has been working on research articles related to hospital pharmacy. She can be reached [email protected]

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