Anxiety and depression are so common that 1 in 5 Australians will suffer from it this year. People don’t think of mental illness as being as common as the common cold but it almost is! Not only that but 65% of Australians will receive no treatment for their mental illness. So, what to do?
The most common Psychological treatments are called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) – both are very effective treatments for milder anxiety and depression. When your emotional control has gone and you are very agitated or in a panic then you may require medication to get a grip on your mental health BEFORE you can use the psychological techniques.
CBTand RET originated in the 1960’s. They are based on the premise that:
So when people are depressed they have a:
When anxiety or depression is overwhelming Psychological techniques can’t work because the emotional distress is so great that first the distress needs to be tamed. Think of breaking your leg, first you need to have the leg mended before you can start the physiotherapy. Depending on how bad the fracture is, you may need to have the plate and pins left for years. Think of being on medication for years in the same way. It works!
Psychological therapies and medications often need to be combined for the best result. The good news that you can get psychological therapies very cheaply or free on e-health web sites such as MoodGym and MindSpot or THISWAYUP. Medications can be obtained from your GP or by seeing a Specialist (Psychiatrist)- either in person or via video conference.