Mental health can be challenging
It can be overwhelming to learn you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The thoughts race through your brain: What is it? How will it affect your everyday life? What treatment is available? The answers you need can be found in psychoeducation. What is psychoeducation? It’s a therapeutic modality that provides crucial support and information that leads to greater understanding about mental health conditions. TAG is a groundbreaking innovation in psychoeducation.
Who Needs Psychoeducation?
Anyone diagnosed with a mental health condition can benefit from psychoeducation. It’s a valuable tool for explaining complex mental health disorders. Anxiety, for instance, encompasses many different types of disorders, and anxiety psychoeducation can help differentiate between them. Psychoeducation for depression is also common, as is psychoeducation for eating disorders. Patients aren’t the only ones who can gain insight from psychoeducational therapy—it can be essential for loved ones who want to offer support and empathy.
Benefits of Psychoeducation
Psychoeducation’s advantages are evidence based. Results from more than 30 studies indicate psychoeducation improves family well-being, compliance with therapy and recovery, and it also lowers rates of relapse. It’s also essential for erasing any stigma surrounding mental health conditions. If you spend time in psychoeducation, you’ll receive critical information about your particular mental health disorder as well as the potential therapeutic methods, tools and medications you can use. Most importantly, you’ll see that mental health conditions can be manageable and treatable and that you’re not alone in what you’re going through.
Types of Psychoeducation
Psychoeducation is often integrated into the earliest sessions you have with your therapist. It serves as the foundation for your course of treatment, so you have clarity on medication management, problem solving and adopting successful coping strategies. You can also get information on resources and support services. Psychoeducation can take the form of discussions with your therapist; videos, handouts or reading materials; or activities and exercises assigned by your therapist that you complete on your own. In addition to therapists, hospitals, classes and support groups are also sources for psychoeducational therapy.
There are several different topics covered in psychoeducation. These can include:
- Management techniques specific to your mental health condition
- How to deal with obstacles or problems
- How to release emotions
- Effective communication skills
- Background on your particular mental health condition (genetic causes, risk factors, etc.)
TAG: Charting a New Course in Psychoeducation
TAG offers a brand-new way of providing psychoeducation. We’ve taken the popular streaming format and created a library of videos you can watch to learn more about an array of mental health conditions, from anxiety, to depression, to OCD, and many more. Our videos feature real people, our storytellers, discussing their mental health experiences—the challenges they’ve faced, the lessons learned and the obstacles overcome. Equally important are the accompanying clinician videos. Our experts provide insight and offer suggestions and coping strategies that anyone can use on their path to healing. TAG offers a wealth of knowledge and information in a safe, supportive space. Join TAG today and experience this new advancement in psychoeducation.