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 the development of lierally millions of different pharmaceutical drugs that are claimed to correct the underlying causes of 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.
Medication & Medical Treatments
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 involves 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, psychotherapy 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.
We offer a range of psychotherapy options for mental disorders all of which adopt a psychosocial perspective.
What this means is that we will help you to understand and solve your problems from the point of view of what has happened to you and NOT what is wrong with you.
This approach is known as psychosocial therapy and here at Lee Psychology we help our clients to achieve a more meaningful and lasting recovery by offering psychotherapy services using the British Psychological Society’s (Division of Clinical Psychology) Power Threat Meaning Framework which rejects the idea that emotional and psychological distress are caused by biological faults or pathology.
The CORE CBT Programme for Mental Disorders
The CORE CBT Programme was devised and written by Paul in 2020 and combines all the best elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with additional knowledge drawn from research in Personal Construct Theory, Attribution Theory, Self-Determination Theory and Social Constructivism.
It is a 10 module course normally taken over a 10 week period with weekly hour long counselling sessions (either face-to-face or using Zoom), but can also be followed as a ‘teach yourself’ course for those with more manageable levels of anxiety.
FREE Initial Consultations
If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from mental disorders using a psychosocial approach, then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular problem, what it means to you and the potential solutions that are available.
We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment without any obligation for you to commit to any psychotherapy programmes or sessions going forward.
This initial consultation will give you the opportunity to consider the merits of the psychosocial perspective as well as the chance to find out what Paul or Joan are like as individuals.