Looking for a Therapist
Depression is a state of mental imbalance. It occurs due to chemical imbalance in the brain. The person remains disturbed mentally. The person is constantly is a state of self-pity, self-denial, surrounded by negative thoughts. It could be genetic. The person feels unworthy of himself. At such times, the person needs professional advice. It may take months or even years to cure depression. It is advisable that the patient undergoes complete treatment-be it in form of medication or in the form of counseling sessions or both. In case the treatment is left incomplete, there are chances of depression rebounding on the pretext of even slightly unfavorable circumstances.
Going to a therapist in itself is a herculean task for the patient. The selection of the therapist should be done with care and caution. The patient should be able to relate to the therapist. The patient should be share comfortable wavelength with the therapist. Only then, the inner most fear, feelings will be voiced. It may be difficult to share feelings to relatively unknown person. So, the therapist should be able to break the ice with the patient. The patient should be able to confide in to the therapist. On the part of therapist, the therapist should be able to appreciate the confidentiality of the details shared by the patient. The therapist should be easily available in times of need.
The therapist should also be comfortable with the patient. The therapist provides support and lost confidence to the patient.
Different types of therapist are available and below the details about each of them is given –
Psychotherapists: A licensed psychotherapist is a person qualified in the area of mental health. He /She may be a doctorate or a master’s degree holder. A psychotherapist tries to alter the thought process and behavior pattern of the patient through active interaction. The psychotherapist may use different methods like meditation, group therapy, breathing therapy, behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, etc to treat the behavioral pattern of the patient. A psychotherapist cannot prescribe medication or undertake mental or physical health exam of the patient. A psychotherapist works only by way of interaction with the patient. A psychotherapist can prove helpful in cases of mild to severe depression.
Psychiatrist: A professionally qualified person diagnoses and treats cases of mental disorders. They are certified to prescribe drugs for the patient. They can also assess the mental health of the patient by using techniques of brain mapping, scanning, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), positron emission tomography, electroencephalograms, etc. People with acute depression or prolonged history of depression need to visit a psychiatrist.
Clinical Social workers: These people are postgraduates in the field of social work. They have clinical experience and have to take internship training and should be employed full time as clinical social worker. They work towards enhancement of mental and physical health of the patient. They can provide help in case of mild depression.
The patient can choose one of the above therapists depending upon the degree of the depression. Person with acute depression may require a psychiatrist’s help.