MEDICATION OR THERAPY
SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Often, when one thinks of going to see someone for anxiety, depression, or other mental health needs, they are undecided about whether to go for medication or therapy. In some cases, the answer might be that both is right for them.
In my practice as a psychologist, I have a few people at any one time who do rely on medication and therapy. For others, only therapy serves to help them on their way to recovery. The distress one is dealing with often helps in making the decision on which way to go.
The way I look at it for many is that the medication is like a bandage. Just as if one was dealing with a physical wound, the bandage serves to stop the bleeding and offer protection from hurting while the healing from within is taking place.
Therapy serves as the medicine which helps with the healing. It is what helps to see that the wound doesn't fester up again, and often provides a faster method of healing. Think of it as insuring that the scars from the injury has a better chance of going unnoticed.
If you, or someone you love, is dealing with the pain of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or dealing with the stress and dysfunction within the family, I encourage you to seek the help of a therapist. If medication is indicated, an appropriate referral ca be made.
Dr. Nona Owens
580 Springridge Rd.
Clinton, Mississippi, 39056