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Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.

Talk Therapy Only Will Take You So Far

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Jun 13, 2013 9:24 PM

It's important to talk out problems to recognize what's wrong, where it came from and how it developed. So, a few sessions of talk therapy with some analysis of the situation helps. After that, there are diminishing returns. So, people call who have been talking with their therapist for a year, and they're still anxious, obsessive, or depressed, etc.. Or, they go to a psychiatrist for medication and get retraumatized when he digs at them every time to dredge up all the sources of their trauma, which they had already understood fairly well after several sessions with their therapist. Real improvement happens when understanding combines with coping techniques, followed by practice and life changes, reinforced by commitmen ( and medication when necessary). It's not good enough for the therapist to collect money for chatting, exploring, listening, supporting for a long time when change isn't apparent. The patient has to do the work.

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