TALK IT OUT

Talk ther­apy, a heal­ing tech­nique for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion or stress-re­lated con­di­tions, is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity among the ur­ban pop­u­la­tion

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At a time when con­di­tions like stress, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety have be­come syn­ony­mous with ur­ban liv­ing, peo­ple are on the look­out for ways to deal with such dis­or­ders. While some ig­nore these con­di­tions, oth­ers take pro­fes­sional help. Talk ther­apy is emerg­ing as an ef­fec­tive way of com­bat­ing these stress-re­lated is­sues.

“Talk ther­apy is one of the most mis­con­strued treat­ment modes. But thanks to the re­cent dis­cov­ery of neu­ro­plas­ticity (brain’s abil­ity to re­or­gan­ise it­self by form­ing new neu­ral con­nec­tions through­out life), more im­por­tance is be­ing given to talk­ing as part of the heal­ing process,” says Neeta V Shetty, psy­chother­a­pist/life coach.

So what ex­actly is talk ther­apy? We speak to ex­perts to get the low­down:

What is talk ther­apy?

Talk ther­apy is a non-phar­ma­co­log­i­cal tech­nique that is known to help peo­ple who have cer­tain psy­cho­log­i­cal, emo­tional or be­havioural is­sues. Of­ten used in col­lab­o­ra­tion with med­i­ca­tion, it works syn­er­gis­ti­cally to help the per­son re­cover, un­cov­er­ing sub­con­scious is­sues that have ag­gra­vated the con­di­tion.

Ben­e­fits

Talk ther­apy can help you deal with neg­a­tive thoughts and feel­ings, and bring about many pos­i­tive changes in your life. It can help peo­ple who are feel­ing dis­tressed due to cer­tain dif­fi­cul­ties in their lives, as well as those with men­tal health prob­lems.

Dis­cussing your thoughts and feel­ings can also help you deal with trou­bled times. It can give you per­spec­tive, and help you ex­plore what you could do about an is­sue. Talk­ing is a very im­por­tant part of re­la­tion­ships too. It can strengthen ties, and help us stay men­tally fit. Be­ing heard helps us feel that other peo­ple care about us.

Fo­cus ar­eas

Talk­ing helps peo­ple deal with de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, eat­ing dis­or­ders or ad­dic­tions, and is of­ten used along­side med­i­ca­tion. It helps with schizophre­nia or bi-po­lar dis­or­der. It helps one deal with dif­fi­cult life events such as be­reave­ment, re­la­tion­ship is­sues, prob­lems at work, or phys­i­cal ill­nesses. It as­sists peo­ple with long-term phys­i­cal con­di­tions such as di­a­betes, who are at a higher risk of de­pres­sion.

Chal­lenges

Talk ther­apy re­quires you to be hon­est with your­self, and that can be quite dif­fi­cult. It may mean fac­ing your fears, re­call­ing dis­tress­ing mem­o­ries, or talk­ing about in­ti­mate top­ics. At times, the ther­apy may take very long. It can be te­dious and in­tense on the pa­tient and the ad­min­is­tra­tor, and also rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive.

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