The Many Types of Talk Therapy

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grouptherapyTalk therapy is proven to effectively treat depression and bipolar disorder for most people, but which style of treatment does one choose?

A recent article from the Huffington Post outlines the most common approaches the 'talk therapy.' This post explains a bit about each type of treatment that benefits people with a mood disorder.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy is what probably what comes to mind when you imagine "therapy." In this type of session, a client is often free to talk about whatever comes to mind. Often, a practitioner will say little and will take notes based on what the client has said, in an effort to identify thought patterns. People who enjoy a treatment plan that involves a lot of processing and evaluation will likely benefit from this kind of therapy.
  • In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), you will often feel as though you're having a conversation with your therapist. CBT is good for people who have a more cerebral approach to their treatment and want to understand how and why they are being treated. In this type of session, a client will talk with the therapist about ways to change their thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors in order to alter their daily life.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) often works best for people dealing with anxiety or disturbing thoughts in addition to depression or bipolar disorder. In this type of session, the therapist and the client discuss the nature of moods and feelings, and how to accept them in a healthy manner. DBT is meant to help people manage their reactions to extreme feelings like frustration or sadness.
  • Group Therapy is an umbrella term for any therapuetic setting in which many clients are being treated at the same time. People with mood disorders are sometimes treated in a community-based acute treatment program (CBAT). In a CBAT, group therapy is often a daily experience. Group therapy is often helpful for younger people, as approaching therapy with peers often makes the process less overwhelming for teens and young adults.

Of course, you should discuss your options with a primary care physician to decide which type of therapy is the best to try first.

 

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