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Talk ther­apy for ev­ery­day prob­lems

The Covington News - - Health & Wellness -

Stud­ies con­sis­tently show that talk­ing with a ther­a­pist can be as ef­fec­tive as med­i­ca­tion when strug­gling with de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, ob­ses­sive- com­pul­sive be­hav­ior and other psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems.

But ther­apy can also be ex­tremely help­ful for tack­ling and solv­ing prob­lems of ev­ery­day liv­ing.

Ther­a­pists can fa­cil­i­tate in­sight and help peo­ple ex­am­ine at­ti­tudes and feel­ings, adopt more con­struc­tive be­hav­iors, for­mu­late and meet im­por­tant goals and dis­cover healthy so­lu­tions to trou­bling prob­lems or sit­u­a­tions.

In fact, ev­i­dence con­tin­ues to mount for a bi­o­log­i­cal ba­sis to ben­e­fits of talk ther­apy.

A study pub­lished in the May 2007 is­sue of “Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science” re­vealed that those who are able to ver­bal­ize their feel­ings in an en­vi­ron­ment where they feel safe from neg­a­tive judg­ment ex­pe­ri­ence changes in brain ac­tiv­ity, with a damp­ing down of ar­eas re­spon­si­ble for strong emo­tions ac­com­pa­nied by ac­ti­va­tion of the area re­spon­si­ble for con­trol­ling im­pul­sive be­hav­ior.

Any is­sue that re­quires care­ful as­sess­ment or gen­er­ates strong emo­tions or con­flicts can be ef­fec­tively ad­dressed and re­solved with talk ther­apy, in­clud­ing mak­ing life-chang­ing de­ci­sions, shy­ness, prob­lems with self-es­teem, ex­ces­sive anger, guilt or fear, re­la­tion­ship or fam­ily prob­lems, con­flicts at work, be­hav­iors or thoughts that are ad­versely af­fect­ing your life, fac­ing se­ri­ous health prob­lems, ex­ces­sive stress, adjustment to change and cop­ing with grief, iso­la­tion, loss and strug­gling with ad­dic­tion to al­co­hol and drugs.

Rather than wrestling with trou­bling is­sues on your own, con­sider see­ing a men­tal health pro­fes­sional.

Your doc­tor can be a source of di­rec­tion for the type of ther­apy thought to be most ef­fec­tive for you.

The key is find­ing a pro­fes­sional with whom you can com­mu­ni­cate eas­ily and who is knowl­edge­able about your par­tic­u­lar con­cerns.

If you don’t feel a ba­sic sense of sup­port and rap­port, con­tinue your search for a bet­ter “fit.”

If you are us­ing man­aged care ben­e­fits, ask your in­sur­ance com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive for a com­plete list of ap­proved providers in your area so that you have a pool of pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Peggy Nolen

Colum­nist

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