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May 1, 2020

Mental Illness: The Solution Within

Terms such as “therapy” and “treatment” have long been used to describe interventions to help people deal with mental illness and substance abuse. Both terms have a medical orientation where a doctor provides treatments which heal the patient. Certainly medication has been an effective intervention for reducing symptoms and assisting in detoxification in substance abuse. However, the “talking therapies” from Freud’s psychoanalysis to Carl Rogers relationship as therapy method, have at best, mixed success.

The work of Albert Ellis recognized the “patient” as a more active participant in healing. Elllis argued that for many people, a clear view of their issues and specific prescribed action plans could replace aberrant behaviors with healthy ones. He believed that as changed behavior gained positive outcomes people would learn more effective behaviors. Ellis’s interventions were short term, symptom specific, and challenged the established order.

His approach believed that what we call mental illness comes from faulty ideas about others and the broader environment. These views distort perceptions, and these distortions result in disturbed emotions and unhealthy behaviors. His approach helped clients evaluate their perceptions and see the difference between their thoughts and reality and learn through assigned tasks to change their beliefs.

Centrec Care extends this treatment approach with Psychoeducation as an important tool. It can best be explained as a means by which information is explained to the patient and/or the family members about mental disorders, symptoms, understanding the disorder, as well as coping and steps to prevent relapse.

The goal is for the patient and family to understand and be better able to deal with the presented illness. With better knowledge concerning their illness, the better the patient can address their issues as their experiences become the agent of changed views.

Centrec Care offers Psychoeducation in one-on-one discussion or in groups . The presentations are made by our qualified health professionals such as nurses, social workers, psychologists, and physicians. The educational process provides a better understanding of problems and prepares the critical groundwork for developing essential coping skills. Group discussions in a highly interactive, energy-charged exchange of ideas strengthen the impact of communication.

Psycho-education is one tool used at Centrec Care in a menu of treatment options which are customized to meet the unique needs of each patient.

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