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For a free phone consultation or to contact Dr. Courtenay directly,
phone – or text – 415-346-6719 or email him at DrWill@TheMensDoc.com.

Dr. Will Courtenay, Oakland, East Bay psychotherapist providing counseling services

What Are the Best Treatments For Anxiety, Depression & Other Mental Health Problems?

In terms of getting professional treatment for mental health problems, the good news is that it’s effective – whether the treatment is psychotherapy or a pharmaceutical drug.

Is medication the best treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health problems?We all have preferences and biases, based on our personal experiences – and what we’ve heard from friends or what we’ve read on the web. So, what we seek for help or treatment is going to be influenced by these experiences. The important thing is that we’ve made the decision to get help from someone – a psychologist, social worker, family therapist, or psychiatrist.

Often, when we believe a particular treatment will work, it does. That’s because the “placebo effect” is real. Research shows that our beliefs and expectations can significantly influence neurophysiological and neurochemical activity in parts of the brain involved in perception, movement, pain, and emotion processing. So, if you think psychotherapy – or talk therapy – is the answer for you, it very well may be the best treatment approach for you.

What research shows matters most in terms of being helped is the effectiveness of the person who’s helping you. That’s true whether the person is talking with you or writing a prescription for a drug.

Many men are reluctant to use medication. They want to soldier on without pharmaceutical assistance. Soldiering on isn’t necessarily a bad idea if it includes some self-help strategies. If your symptoms persist, however, don’t soldier on alone for too long. Having someone at your side can be very helpful and effective. So, talk to an expert.

For a free phone consultation or to contact Dr. Courtenay directly,
phone – or text – 415-346-6719 or email him at
DrWill@TheMensDoc.com.