The practice of mental health consultation

A general definition of mental health includes our psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing. Basically, anything that affects the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we act is all part of our overall mental health. Studies on mental health and condition of a person also help determine how people handle stress, make the choices we make, the way we can relate to others, and more.

The practice of mental health consultation is alternatively known as consulting psychology. There are a number of models of consulting psychology explained as follows:

Generic consultation: This particular model has everything from the initial consolation, moving along to diagnosis and implementations, with a final conclusion after any and all disengagement from the consultation. In simple terms, a beginning, a middle, and conclusion for the type of consultation employed.

Client centered: A more specific and planned approach, by dedicating time to one client as the name suggest for entry analysis, diagnosis, and implementation of strategy. General practitioners for this approach will include physicians, care providers, and licensed practitioners.

Consultee centered: The main objective of consultees in this approach is to learn more about the subject matter, increase their knowledge base, skills, confidence, etc. via training and supervision on part of the practitioner.

Other models of consultation include consultee-centered administrative, behavioral consultation, organizational consultation, and statistical consultation amongst many others.

Reasons for mental health consultation:
A number of signs of mental illness can be diagnosed with mental health consultation. These normally include anxiety disorders like social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and other types of phobias which can be studied and a targeted approach can be made for its treatment.

Mood disorders which may be bipolar or depression; psychotic disorders which can be schizophrenia; eating disorders like bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating and more; impulse control disorders; substance abuse disorders; personality disorders like antisocial, paranoid, obsessive compulsive, and more.

Others include post-traumatic stress disorders, dissociative disorders, sexual and gender disorders, stress response or adjustment disorders, and somatic symptom disorders to name a few.

The treatment and therapy prescribed for the aforesaid disorders can help people cope with the symptoms and eventually find a way to treat the problem. Consultation will provide a clear diagnosis and will help prescribe the necessary course of action for the course of treatment recommended.

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