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Why DBT and Evidence-Based Treatment are the Best Options for People with Mental Illness

Mental illness affects as many as one out of every five adults, and it affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. When a person is mentally ill, symptoms can affect their thoughts, moods and behaviors, and when these symptoms impact their ability to function in their day-to-day lives, obtaining effective treatment is extremely important.

Most forms of mental illness are treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. An individual who is diagnosed with mental illness must work with their doctor or team of mental health professionals to find the form of treatment or combination of treatments that is most effective for them. For many people with mental illness, evidence-based treatments are the best options.

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What is Evidence-Based Treatment?

Evidence-based treatments, also known as evidence-based practices, are treatments that have been researched scientifically or academically and proven to be helpful in more than one study. Medically researched evidence is combined with the professional experience of the mental health team, resulting in treatment methods that can be very successful in treating mental illness.

Mental illness is often misunderstood and, at one time, symptoms of mental disorders were treated using methods that were potentially harmful or poorly studied. Evidence-based treatment isn’t based on trial and error but rather on methods that have been proven to achieve results in treating mental health disorders.

Types of Evidence-Based Treatment Used in Mental Health

There are several types of evidence-based practices that are effective in treating mental health challenges. Some examples of these treatments include:

Traditional forms of therapy typically rely on the relationship between the therapist and the patient rather than on methods that have been scientifically proven to work. Traditional therapies often include focusing on the past and on unconscious processes that developed over the course of many years in order to gain insight. By contrast, evidence-based treatment methods aim to focus on the present and finding ways to help individuals become more functional and self-reliant in the present, and to achieve results and improvement as soon as possible.

The Best Treatment for Mental Illness

Evidence-based treatments continue to be researched and improved. There are many forms of mental illness, and many different approaches to reducing symptoms and increasing the ability to lead a functional life.  Using evidence-based methods frequently leads to symptom improvement in much fewer sessions than traditional methods.

Your mental health treatment plan is likely to include a combination of treatment methods such as medications, counseling and support groups.  It’s important to clearly communicate with your treatment team about how well the current approach is working or not working. When your treatment plan includes evidence-based practices, you have a very good chance of achieving overall recovery and wellness.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental health disorder, please call us at (866) 339-3544 or submit the form below to learn more about our treatment programs in Los Angeles.

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