Psychological Self-Help

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Forums deal with several different diagnoses and behavioral or
relationship problems. 
It appears that support and advice from people “who have been
there” are often as helpful as self-help books, professional advice, and
therapy. Certainly many people seek understanding, reassurance they
are not alone, encouragement, and just someone to hear their story.
Storm King has discussed
in great detail the pros and cons of self-help groups. 
(3) To find accurate information about psychiatric
engines will also find information about diagnoses for you. 
A surprising number of former, current, and prospective patients
are on the Internet seeking to learn more about their diagnosis and
possible treatment. They often identify themselves by some label: “I’m
bipolar,” “I’m an adult child of alcoholism,” “I’m a child of divorce,”
and “I’m PTSD... DID... BPD... ADD... OCD... “ 
(4) To find information about treatment methods as applied
to a variety of disorders, the best source is Psych Central.
As mentioned before, the major search engines can locate
As mentioned before, the major search engines can locate
information about how to treat a specific disorder and about specific
treatment methods, such as Cognitive-Behavioral or Psychodynamic
To learn more about psychopharmacological medications,
see Psychiatric Medications from Psych Central.
For clients seeking “talking therapy,” it is to their advantage to be
familiar with the rationale of several different psychotherapy
techniques. I say that because I believe that the best therapy is a
cooperative effort with the patient well informed enough to participate
in planning the therapy. Moreover, the client should continuously apply
self-help techniques to supplement the therapy methods. Thus, good
psychotherapy patients are students of self-help. 
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