There are many treatment options for mental health symptoms and disorders in Texas. The type of treatment and service you use depends on your symptoms, severity of the condition, and your preferences. Seeking professional help for areas in your life that are difficult or for mental health symptoms you cannot manage is not a sign of weakness. Knowing areas in which you need improvement and seeking assistance is a sign of strength and demonstrates you are aware of when you cannot do it all on your own. When there is a physical injury, people see the doctor to learn how to improve their functioning. This same confidence in seeking professional guidance should also occur with mental health care. However, seeking help for mental health related concerns is difficult and making the call to schedule an appointment is often the hardest hurdle to get over. Recognizing you are not alone and that your symptoms are treatable is important to remember as you make that step to schedule a mental health appointment.
Mental health symptoms are far-reaching and impact your physical functioning, emotions, and thinking. Being depressed or anxious is more than just a mood, they can also impact your overall physical functioning and change the way you think and view the world. Prolonged mental illness can lead to physical complaints such as weight loss/gain, being easily tired, decreased ability to fight off infections and illness, high blood pressure, nausea, and countless other conditions. Mental illness can also worsen the pain experience from an injury. When someone is experiencing mental illness, their way of viewing the world can also change. How you think about situations and interpret your environment goes through the filter of your mental illness. For example, if you are depressed you may have the thought that no one likes you. You look for things in your environment that confirms this and miss things that do not match this belief. As a result, you only remember the things that confirmed your belief that no one likes you, and this belief becomes stronger, while making your depression worse. As your mental illness worsens, your overall functioning is affected. You may develop sleep problems, decrease or increase in appetite, and difficulty concentrating. Treating mental illness is not about “feeling better” or “getting over it”. It touches every part of your life and can become a downward spiral that doesn’t get better in the absence of professional help.
If you are experiencing mental illness, seeking help is a sign of strength. When seeking mental health services, find a provider that will be the best fit for you. Additionally, discuss with the provider what treatment techniques they use and whether they use a specific type of treatment which has been approved for treating your specific symptoms. Once you find a therapist and schedule an appointment, you will attend your first appointment. At the first appointment, you and your therapist will discuss what brought you into treatment and what you hope to improve through treatment. The first session is mainly information gathering so that the therapist has a good understanding of what your presenting issues are. You will discuss your symptoms, how long you have had them, and how they impact your life. It is important to be open and honest with your therapist so they can appropriately understand what you are experiencing. After the therapist has an understanding of your presenting problems, you will work together to develop a treatment plan. A treatment plan is what guides the treatment and your way of knowing whether you are making progress. The therapist is the expert on mental illness and treatment options, but you are the expert on you. It is important to be an active participant of the process. Once the treatment plan is developed, you will begin treatment. Most treatment appointments are every week or every other week. The length of time you are in treatment depends on your presenting problem and how involved you are in the treatment process. If you are actively engaged in the treatment process, you can see significant changes in only a few months for most conditions. Therapy doesn’t take years for you to get better. Additionally, it is not always necessary to talk about your childhood or your past tosuccessfully complete treatment. Many treatments used by Mindset Therapy look at your present functioning and do not focus on your past. Looking at your past may be a component of your treatment, but that will be decided between you and your therapist.
When you choose Mindset Therapy, PLLC as your treatment choice for your mental illness, stressors that have prevented you from receiving treatment before are removed. The sessions are conducted over the internet from a location of your choice. You will attend your appointment via your computer, smartphone, or tablet via face-to-face video teleconferencing. This saves you travel time to/from the appointment, removes the need to find childcare while you go to your appointment, allows you to attend your appointment during your lunch hour, and decreases a stigma of being seen at the therapist’s office. Traditional therapies in an office have been found to be equal in creating change when compared to telepsychology services such as those provided by Mindset Therapy. Mindset Therapy fits with your life, making the treatment process more accessible. As the world becomes more digital and services come to you, choose Mindset Therapy as your therapy choice.