17 julho 2010

5 Questions to Ask Before Starting Therapy


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What is your training for treating people with depression?
Why you should ask this question: If you are depressed, you may want a licensed psychologist or other therapist who practices cognitive-behavioral therapy or interpersonal psychotherapy. These are among the most effective treatments for depression.

Have you had success treating people with my symptoms?
Why you should ask this question: You need appropriate help promptly. Don't waste your time with a professional who can't claim a track record of helping patients.

What are the risks and benefits of your approach to my treatment?
Why you should ask this question: Therapy has its ups and downs. This may not be the time to go through the kind of therapy where you slide backwards before feeling better.

When will I feel better?
Why you should ask this question: Don't sign up for a therapist who can't offer you specific benchmarks to aim for.

How much time should I give this treatment?
Why you should ask this question: Expect progress within two to three months at most. If at that point you are not any closer to your goal, your therapist should offer a next step.

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