According to NICE, there are four main categories when it comes to treatments for mental disorders. The first is the aforementioned talking therapies. As well as CBT, you may be treated within other contexts, such as group therapy or even psychotherapy. Psychotherapists use a range of techniques to help treat mental disorders, including psychoanalysis and transpersonal psychology, to name but two. The next category is psychiatric medication. Drugs that are commonly used include antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilisers and minor tranquillisers. Arts and creative therapies are also used more and more these days. Music
, visual art, dance
and writing, such as diary keeping, can all be used to promote good mental outcomes. Finally, complementary therapies, including yoga
, acupuncture, aromatherapy and hypnotherapy, may all be suggested to you. In some cases, people will have a mixture of different therapies to try and help them, and it is not uncommon to take a course of drugs while also exploring alternative medicine
, for example.