Mental Health

What Therapists Wish You Knew About Therapy

No matter what, you can get better

Mental illness can feel overwhelming, even impossible to fight. But recovery is possible. For example, the Mental Health Foundation has reported a 70% reduction in anxiety in patients who underwent mindfulness-based stress therapy; those who took part in 12 months of cognitive behavioral therapy experienced fewer symptoms of depression; and schizophrenia patients reported improvements in their overall mental health after learning self-management techniques like dietary adjustments and aerobic exercise routines. Some individuals experience a complete return to normalcy while others still have issues, but can cope and even find happiness in their lives.

Recovery from mental illness is a long-term process marked by both triumphs and setbacks. It’s important not to let the latter inhibit occurrences of the former; stumbling on your path towards healing does not mean you should give up. Many people who were hospitalized because of their illness are now fully functional beings who can take care of themselves as well as contribute back to society. The key takeaway here is that there’s always hope.