There are many types of treatment available for your child once they’ve been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Apart from medication such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers, there are also different types of psychotherapy available. What your child will need will depend on their diagnosis, and they can also benefit from a mixture of both approaches.
The more common methods of psychotherapy are:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). A go-to for many mental illnesses, this psychotherapy treatment is a short-term approach that deals with one’s thinking patterns or behaviours to change the way they approach a certain activity or feeling.
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). DBT is a type of CBT for people experiencing borderline personality disorders. It’s for those who need help with uncomfortable or intense emotions and harmful coping mechanisms.
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Also known as behavioural engineering, this type of therapy monitors and alters the environment of a child until there is a positive change in their behaviour, effective for individuals with autism.
Consult with your chosen mental health professional to know what treatment plan best suits your child.