Look for a therapist with the right balance of professionalism and personality if you want therapy to succeed. Although ideally you will find a therapist with excellent credentials, appropriate training, and relevant experience, as well as a very high percentage of successful outcomes, if you dislike your therapist or don’t trust them—therapy will not be successful. A therapist should have a fairly good balance of professional attributes and personality. Concerning personality, you want to put at least some trust in your gut feelings. If you would like a more concrete way to assess personality, the following information may help. Likability is important if you want to be able to form the kind of connection you need for successful therapy. There is no shame in rejecting a qualified therapist because you don't "click."
Are you one of those people who love to give gifts, but dislike receiving them? Do you squirm when someone hands you a brightly-wrapped package? Have you ever felt real discomfort, even physical symptoms, when holidays or birthdays invariably mean receiving presents?
It's the elephant in the room. No matter what the topic of discussion, we all agree that life in America will be very different after the upcoming election. Even therapists are finding the topic is coming up in therapy; clients are concerned about the effect the election results will have on their lives. Are you still undecided? Or do you have nagging doubts about who you've decided to vote for? Voters and the media can agree on one thing: Both presidential candidates from the major parties are flawed (and the two other candidates, no matter how much you like them, are probably spoilers.)
When searching for and interviewing a prospective therapist, ask him to tell you about his rate of successful outcomes. A therapist should be able to tell you what percentage (approximately/in the ball park), of his patients with problems similar to yours (for example, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and so on), have achieved successful outcomes with his help. If you don't have a diagnosis, it still may be helpful to hear from the therapist how his patients have improved.
If so, you're not alone. A Chicago CBS news report says that in a recent survey taken of people who just finished early voting, "nearly 38 percent of adults said a source of that stress comes from the bitter words between candidates, which are then adopted by others and shared 24-7 on social media."
C.R. writes: Are increasing rates of depression due to our better reporting skills which mask fairly static depression rates? Or are rising rates of depression due to people being overfed, malnourished, sedentary, sunlight-deficient, sleep-deprived, and socially-isolated? It depends on whom you ask.
In this presidential election, character probably counts at least as much as the issues do. But with an election that could likely change the course of this nation, we must remember that whoever moves into the White House in 2017, will be determining: How politicians in Washington will spend our tax dollars. Specifically for PsychCentral readers, bloggers, and columnists, we want to think about how politicians in Washington will spend our tax dollars on mental health.
Some of the insights gleaned from treating the disease of addiction can offer benefits for those in recovery from mental health issues, too.
Have you ever been the victim of a fraud or con? If you have, you're unlikely to admit it. That is part of the reason why fraudsters can repeat their crimes over and over again with impunity. It's easy to find new marks, dupes, and targets when no one knows you're coming. There's a feeling of shame that comes with having been scammed. Begin gullible isn't considered a desirable trait. Con men and con women con people because they believe they can get away with it.