Treating mental health problems
There are many different types of psychological disorders that require careful investigation at the assessment stage. For example OCD is characterised by compulsive behaviours, Anorexia by an extreme desire to lose weight, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (or GAD) is characterised by excessive worries, Panic Disorder means fearing to an extreme natural symptoms of anxiety and so on. Treatment protocols and methods vary with each disorder but a correct diagnosis or identification of the problem is crucial for a successful outcome.
Some emotional disorders are much more complex and may even fall under the umbrella of ‘low self-esteem’ or ‘complex trauma’ which oversteps the boundaries of a clear psychopathology (or mental disorder). Such complex pathologies may require a more holistic and comprehensive treatment plan involving traumatic memory processing, gradual exposure but also nutritional advice, sleep training or physical strengthening.