All About Mental Disorders and How to Overcome them with Psychological Therapy & Counselling
What are Mental Disorders?
Mental disorders are those behaviours, feelings or experiences that have been medically classified as being due to some sort of disorder or fault at the neurological or biological level.
This medicalised view of human distress is not accepted universally despite the traction that the concept seems to have in the media and there is very little scientific evidence to support this model.
Nevertheless, it has become the dominant way of thinking about human emotional problems and has led to creation of many different drugs that are claimed to correct the underlying causes of these disorders.
You can read more about the different models of mental illness here.
List of Mental Disorders
Although there are over 300 mental health disorders listed in the DSM-V we may be able to help you with the following using psychological therapy:
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dependent Personality Disorder
- Depersonalisation Disorder
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Prolonged Grief Disorder
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
Treatment of Mental Disorders
In general terms, mental disorders are treated in one of two fundamentally different ways, although these treatments will often be used simultaneously.
Many people find that medication that is prescribed for their mental disorder helps to alleviate many of the symptoms associated with their problem.
It is important to be aware, however, that these medical interventions are generally NOT designed to cure the cause of the problem, but rather they are designed to minimise or manage the symptoms.
The medical and pharmaceutical sectors openly acknowledge that the true cause of mental disorders are largely unknown.
There are, like all treatment options, pros and cons to using medication in the management of mental disorders with most of the cons being the range of possible negative side-effects that drugs can trigger.
Please be aware that Lee Psychology do NOT offer any medical treatments and cannot prescribe medications.
Therapy & Counselling for Mental Disorders
Therapy & Counselling treatments for mental disorders involve discussing your problems with a therapist, psychologist or counsellor.
Unlike medication, the relief from symptoms is achieved through re-evaluating or re-framing how you make sense of some of your experiences.
Because of the link between thoughts and emotional outcomes, talking therapies can often help to resolve the underlying causes of your distress rather than just manage or mask them.
Overall, psychological treatments are not usually prone to producing negative side-effects, although some people find talking about traumatic experiences quite challenging, often leading to higher level of anxiety during the process.
Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular issues and the different types of mental health counselling we offer (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT) without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.
The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
Psychiatry Through the Looking Glass
Read what the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) and the United Nations (U.N.) said recently about the biomedical models of mental illness on Psychology Today.
Applied Psychology Solutions
If you’d like to learn how to overcome your mental health problems but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences and the World around you with the CORE Programme.
If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.
We offer counselling for mental disorders for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.
Paul Lee BSc. MSc. Psych.
You can contact Paul by e-mail on:
Tel: 07434 776125