In the previous parts of this series we looked at identifying how ill a person is, and options for mild cases. In part 3 we will look at the choices for people with moderate cases of mental illness.
If a person can be classified as having a moderate mental health problem from part 1 of this series, the options of providers becomes much more limited. Talk therapy is not qualified because a more profound understanding of how the human mind works and processes problems is needed. Also as input can come from someone who is also suffering from a mental health problem, bad medicine can accidently be given.
For moderate mental illness your choices of mental health providers are Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, and Clinical Hypnotherapy. The reason for this is each of these providers has been educated in how the human mind responds to different types of therapy.
Psychotherapy is the staple of mental health. It is a cognitive approach. So much so they have renamed psychotherapy to ‘Cognitive Behavior Therapy’ or CBT for short. The reason is simply to be politically correct. Psychotherapy has become a word associated with mental illness, so the less painful CBT is now its new name.
The cognitive approach is a long process by helping you analyze each part of the problem and resolving it. People are most comfortable with this simply because it has been around the longest. It has a running track record that people can look back at. Psychotherapy is effective with both mild and moderate mental illness.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is the newest form of accepted therapy for mental health. It has only been accepted in the past few years as being an effective form of therapy for mental health. Because of that many people still have a reservation about using it, as it has a much shorter track record than psychotherapy. However that shorter track record was impressive enough for it to be accepted.
Clinical Hypnotherapy uses the subconscious approach as opposed to the cognitive approach of psychotherapy. As mild and moderate mental health problems are rooted in the subconscious mind and not the cognitive mind, the therapy progresses much more quickly using the subconscious approach of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
The perfect example of this is dealing with a phobia. Often the phobia is removed in less than four sessions with Clinical Hypnotherapy, while if you went the cognitive approach it could be months before results are seen. That also very quickly translates into money saved as both Psychologists and Clinical Hypnotherapists charge roughly the same hourly rate. Clinical Hypnotherapy is effective with both mild and moderate mental illness.
Also going to a Clinical hypnotherapist is not pure hypnosis, A clinical Hypnotherapist often blends some CBT in with the mix if they feel it will help things along.
Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy do not make use of medication as part of the therapy. Only a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. Medication is not needed for mild and moderate mental illness. The human mind is very capable of getting over mild and moderate mental illness with the help of a Psychologist or Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Next part 4 will talk about severe mental illness.
Next part 4 here.