What are the diseases for which a psychological treatment (i.e. psychotherapy) is indicated? Can psychoterapy help with stress management? How can I diagnose symptoms and indications for psychotherapy?
The indications for psychological treatments are usually classified
according to the diagnosis of the problem or by the actual presenting
For example, psychological treatments are indicated primarily for
neuroses (acute and chronic), personality disorders, sexual problems,
reactions to stress and life crisis.
Psychological treatments may also be useful in the treatment of
psychosomatic disorders, psychological reactions to physical illnesses,
habit disorders (such as substance or alcohol abuse, eating disorders,
gambling, etc.) and in the emotional and conduct disorders of children.
Psychological treatments may also contribute to the general management of
people who are mentally handicapped and to the management (during
remission) of non-organic mental psychosis.
Factors for good outcome of any psychological treatments need to be known
before engaging in such a therapy.
Such factors are: motivation, ability to verbalize one's feelings,
capacity to tolerate frustration, willingness to examine one's
experience in psychological terms, and finally, the wish to change.