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How Group Therapy Helps with Mental Illness in All ages

Mental Illness All ages

Human beings are purely social creatures.  The ways of humanity over the millennia have revolved around human contact, the sharing of stories and how we interact on a local, cultural and a global scale.  While the mediums with which we interact can change over the years, the reality is that no matter what, we need to commune with our fellow man and woman.  While there are undoubtedly different types of personalities, and some may fall more on the outgoing sides of things, while others lean more towards being introverted, a large portion of the population has a strong desire to interact with each other.

Knowing that we need human contact on a somewhat regular basis, it can put suffering from a mental health condition in perspective for many individuals. The reality is that we are dealing with something truly inside of ourselves many times, often within our mind, the way we think, our psyche and potentially learned behaviors over the years. Having the ability to share this burden with someone else is the reason that we have psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health experts in the first place; communication needs to take place in order to understand what the problem is, and what we can do to help fix it.

Group therapy is a great option in the realm of mental health, as it provides one an opportunity to feel comfortable in sharing some of their personal thoughts, details as well as communicating with other men and women who may be experiencing the same exact thing.  Depending on your particular issue that you struggle with, you may find it a bit more difficult to engage in group sessions at first, and may be understandably hesitant. However, if you push yourself just the tiniest bit, you may find out that as others open up first, you yourself may feel more comfortable.

So what exactly does group therapy look like, and how can it help men and women of all ages?  Let’s first take a look at the definition of what group therapy is, in terms of what Rock Prairie Behavioral Health offers: group therapy is essentially a discussion group that is led by a program therapist.  This is designed to assist and help each patient in identifying their particular problems and helping them to resolve it.  Usually if these types of mental health or behavioral health problems are left unaddressed over a period of time, usually months or years, it can make for a more difficult time facing daily issues in a less structured setting.  Group therapy offers anyone suffering from a mental health issue the opportunity to experience a wide range of support, understand that they are not the only ones suffering from these issues, therefore normalizing the experience for them, and increase their socialization opportunities.

Altogether, group therapy truly is an excellent source of care and a great starting point for someone looking to get help when it comes to dealing with a particular behavioral health issue or mental health issues such as addiction to alcohol, depression, anxiety and many others. You will find many men and women, both young and old, who likely share similar thought processes and experiences as you. When you are able to encourage and promote healing with each other, it makes the recovery process that much better.

For more information on how group therapy can best serve you, contact Rock Prairie Behavioral Health today at 979-303-8848 for a free and completely confidential evaluation with one of our mental health specialists.

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