Therapies for Treating Mental Health
The following table gives a summary of therapies that are often used to treat mental health difficulties. Keep in mind that a combination of treatment strategies is often better than just one.
Antipsychotics for psychosis
Antidepressants for depression
Anticycling agents for bipolar
Hypnoanxiolytics for anxiety
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Chiefly used when other therapies are not successful
Monitored use of Psychedelics
Beginning to be used
Address underlying issues which will lead to changes in behavior.
Psychotherapy or counseling with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist
Pastoral Counseling with a minister
Professionally run groups
Peer support groups ex: Alcoholics Anonymous
Couples and Family Therapy
Address behavior, which will lead to change in feelings and attitudes.
Electronic instrument gives feedback to patient
Systematic relaxation of parts of the body
Reward and reinforce positive behaviors
Not Part of Mainstream Mental Health Care
Wearable Brain Stimulation
Sources for this material:
Essential Psychopathology and Its Treatment, 4th Ed. by Mark Kilgus, Jerrold Maxmen and Nicholas Ward, W.W. Norton, 2015.
Counseling for the Soul in Distress, 2nd Ed. by Richard W. Roukema, M.D., Haworth Pastoral Press, 2013.
Wearable Brain Stimulation by Fisher Wallace Labs
“Psychedelics and Mental Health: What Does the Science Say?” Forbes Health
Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mental Health, Mental Health America