Understanding Psychological Disorders
Understanding Psychological Disorders
– Treating psychological disorders for physical well-being
– Understanding the origin of mental disorders
– Remedies for psychological disorders
Ill-being is not only physical (fatigue, sluggishness); it can also correspond to psychological disorders.
Treating psychological disorders for physical well-being
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If we talk about physical illness, we talk more and more about mental illness. When the two are intertwined, we speak about psycho-somatic illnesses – when the psychological disorder affects our physical state by creating a condition (ulcer, headaches, nausea…).
The Orientals have long recognized the vital aspect of a body/mind balance, harmonizing energies.
They know that any psychological (psychic, emotional…) malaise must be prevented or cured quickly to avoid triggering a more critical disorder in the physical body.
Psychological disorders should therefore be a cause for alarm, and it is essential to choose an appropriate therapy as soon as the need arises.
Understanding the origin of mental disorders
Behavioural and language disorders
As stated in the definition of psychology, we are here in the field of the psyche (the mind, the soul). Neurologists would say that they study the brain, its composition and primary functions.
Many of the most famous psychologists began with a background in neurology. The nervous system, of which the brain is the center, is indeed the organ of the mind.
The brain originates our language and, by extension, the way we communicate and behave.
For example, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) deals with language and communication, while transactional analysis deals more with behaviour.
Psychological disorders are either language disorders, behavioural disorders, and personality disorders.
Good to know: eating disorders in mothers are associated with an increased risk of developing psychopathology in their children.
The context of psychological disorders
It would help to study some disorders in their context. A specific “pathogenic” environment may indeed trigger atypical behaviour. For example, a person may only be under stress in their professional background and never at home; in addition to the social environment, you must also consider the family environment, the patient’s personal history, beliefs, lifestyle habits, etc.
You can thus treat a psychological disorder on several levels, allowing the integration of the context by behavioural therapy to “unlearn” a bad acquired behaviour, replace it with a better habit, or quickly unblock a problem. Then, in-depth treatment, such as psychoanalysis, Gestalt or systemic therapy, goes back to the roots of the psychological disorder with, in parallel, relaxing exercises (sophrology) or positive thinking.
Some examples of psychological disorders
At some point in their lives, everyone can have disorders such as depression, paranoia, hysteria, insomnia, phobia, amnesia and other memory disorders, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), stress, eating disorders, and addiction, family conflicts, etc.
Other psychological disorders are more serious; they are personality disorders—for example, the narcissistic pervert, the borderline, the person who suffers from abulia.
Remedies for psychological disorders
Whatever the psychological disorder that concerns us, it is accompanied by discomfort and suffering. It is essential to consult a specialist to regain a state of well-being and a balance between body and mind.
The appropriate treatment is not necessarily long. Indeed, brief therapies can be sufficient, such as cognitive and behavioural therapies (CBT), which can treat an internet addiction in 15 weeks (combining group and individual sessions). For instance. a study showed they allowed a return to normal Internet use in nearly 70% of cases, with a benefit maintained in 80% of cases 6 months after stopping the therapy.
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