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What Psychiatric Disorder Treatment To Get?

Posted by on Friday, October 23, 2009, 12:36
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For most psychiatric disorders, there are any number of different effective psychiatric disorder treatments from which to choose. This is a wonderful state of affairs offering you an extensive many from which to select the treatment or treatments that provide the best custom fit to your specific needs, wants, preferences, and pocketbook.

It is also nice to know that if the first treatments for psychiatric disorder you try does not work sufficiently, there is almost always a second or third or fourth or fifth alternative. Hopefully sooner, but eventually later, you will almost certainly find something that works well for you.

The wealth of available treatments for psychiatric disorder sometimes leads to an embarrassment of riches and a sense of confusion about all the possible choices. Should i be in psychotherapy or taking medicine or both? What kind of psychotherapy? What kind of medicine?

When medicines and psychotherapy are both effective for a particular condition, we recommend making the choice between them based on the severity and urgency of the problem. If the symptoms are mild to moderate and not urgent, it is good to begin first with psychotherapy and see how far you get with it in curing the psychiatric disorder.

There should be some clear improvement within a month or so and a dramatic improvement within a few months if this does not happen, medication can then be added to the therapy.

For moderate to severe symptoms and those that are more urgent, medications should be started immediately, usually along with psychotherapy. Some conditions, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, frequently recurring depressions always require medicines, usually for years and often for a lifetime.

How about choosing from among all the different psychotherapies psycho dynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal? We think that the best therapists are the ones who are most flexible and versatile and use all of the available techniques rather than sticking rigidly to any one of them.

For many problems, a cognitive/behavioral approach is essential for efficient treatment but this is usually best delivered by someone who is also keenly aware of, and sensitive to, your psychological conflicts, interpersonal relationships, and environmental situation. Pick a psychotherapist who says things that make immediate sense to you rather than someone who mouths platitudes from any one school of psychotherapy.

The choice among medications may seem to be at least as bewildering. There are close to thirty different  antidepressant medicines, more than a dozen antipsychotics, and another dozen antianxiety drugs. The names of the classes of medicines are also incredibly misleading.

The antidepressants also work well for Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorder, sleep problems, and even Euresis. The antipsychotics work well for anxiety and agitation in many patients who are not psychotic. And anticonvulsants are often effective for Bipolar Disorder.

Although medicines must always be prescribed by a doctor and are never chosen by you alone, it is crucial that you understand their target symptoms, how hey work, and the most common side effects. The more involved you are in selecting the regimen and the more knowledgeable you are about it, the more likely that you will take the medicine in the consistent way that is necessary it it is to be effective.

There is about two third chance that the first medicine you try will work for you and it usually takes sic to eight weeks to find out. If the first trial doesn’t work, you have to move on patiently to the second or third choise until you find the right match.

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