There are many different types of treatment that can help people with mental illness feel better. Once you have made a decision to seek help, you can choose from a number of helping sources, treatment approaches, and service settings. There is no “one size fits all” treatment for mental disorders.

Psychotherapy means talking face-to-face with a mental health professional. There are many different types of psychotherapy.

Behavioral therapy is training a person to change how s/he thinks and behaves. Stress management and relaxation training are types of behavioral therapy.

Psychoanalysis looks at the unconscious mind, or things that you’re not really aware of, and how it affects behavior and feelings.

Cognitive therapy identifies and corrects ways of thinking about things that cause uncomfortable feelings and behavior.

Family therapy brings everyone in the family together to discuss problems and come up with solutions.

Group therapy brings a small group of people together with a mental health professional to discuss their problems and help each other.

Support groups bring people with common problems together who share experiences and help each other. Support groups usually don’t have a mental health professional leading them.

Rehabilitation programs help people regain skills and confidence to live and work more independently.

Medication can help some people with mental illness. But before you take the medicine, ask your doctor about the risks

  • the side effects
  • how the medicine reacts with food, alcohol and other medicines you are taking
  • the best time to take the medicine
  • how long it takes before you feel the effects
  • the effect of the medicine on your sexuality, memory concentration and menstrual cycle.

If you notice side effects that concern you after you’ve taken the medication, talk to your doctor or mental health provider!