Biohackers and Psychotherapy

Biohackers and Psychotherapy

Everything in the body is interconnected. With psychotherapy you can indirectly have a little effect on hormones (like cortisol), heart function, appetite, not to mention things like mood.

Anxiety, depression, panic attacks and so on are very common now. People are often stressed. And this all indirectly affects our condition. To cope with psychological difficulties effectively, we need to adjust our thinking and habits.

Psychotherapy is like sports. People exercise not only when they have a bad body. But also to keep in shape, to tone up, for prevention. And a psychologist is like a coach in sports, he can help to achieve results quicker and more effectively. But it is not necessary to work specifically with a psychologist or psychotherapist. You can get yourself up to speed on this subject.

Or you can attend several sessions with a psychologist to find out your problem and to learn how to work specifically in your situation. And then you will work on your own. I work with a psychologist every week. Regardless of whether I have problems or not. If I have problems – we discuss them. If not – just at least talk it out, it also helps a lot.

There are many kinds of psychotherapy. The most effective and scientifically proven is cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. That’s the one I recommend. I tried other types before it, but ended up settling on CPT (but not arguing that someone else might be better served by another method of psychotherapy).

Who do you work with, a psychologist or a psychotherapist? You have to understand the difference to do this. A psychologist is a person who treats, as it were, with “communication.” And a psychotherapist treats patients with medicine in addition to communication. That is two in one.

People are wary of medication. On the one hand this is correct, but on the other hand with a competent approach there is nothing wrong with it. For example, antidepressants. Now there are modern antidepressants, which have a minimum of side effects, but they help a lot. There are people who have psychological problems based not only on life situations and reactions to them, but also on a deeper level in terms of medicine. It could be a genetic predisposition and organic lesions.

While there are treatments available, it is not always clear why a particular person has this psychological peculiarity. For example, a person has developed some kind of illness and needs to take a course of strong medication. If he doesn’t take it, he will get worse or may die altogether. Yes, this medicine can have side effects. But the person is more likely to take it to get better. It is the same with antidepressants. Yes, there are side effects from some of them (especially the older kinds), but the pros of recovery are greater. In any case, a person decides for himself how to be treated.

The main thing is to have it all under the supervision of specialists. There are just a lot of myths surrounding antidepressants. For example, from the name it may seem that they only work against depression. Although in fact they are prescribed in the treatment of many disorders, including anxiety disorders. Some people fear that they are addictive. However, with the right course of treatment, they are not addictive.

And you should also not confuse dependence with withdrawal syndrome. This is when a person abruptly stops taking antidepressants and has creepy conditions and goes away if you resume taking them. In order not to have a withdrawal syndrome it is necessary to finish the course smoothly.

Other drugs, such as tranquilizers, can be addictive. Their advantage is that they work almost immediately after taking them. But they should not be taken for a long time. Usually they are prescribed in severe states and canceled until normalization of the psyche or not seldom prescribed in the initial stages of the course of taking antidepressants, as the first time they, on the contrary, increase anxiety states.

Improvement of the condition usually begins 1-4 weeks after the start of treatment. Also, antidepressants do not change a person’s personality or character. They just make a person stop suffering. The same antidepressant can be prescribed for different disorders. If a particular medication didn’t work for you, they can change it for another one and it may theoretically help already. Because there is no one-size-fits-all antidepressant for everyone, even with the same illnesses. Everyone’s body reacts differently and there is nothing wrong with that.

The choice of a psychologist or psychotherapist is worth taking seriously. I know what I’m talking about because I’ve changed about 10 specialists. Many of them, despite the crust, are not professionals in their field and can even do harm. Look for those whose work is based on evidence-based methods. Who have reviews. And whose work you can look at on the Internet. Now it’s not uncommon for specialists to maintain their blogs on specialized websites or social networks.

Reading their articles you can learn more about the method of treatment. I do not recommend to go to specialists you know, because most people can still feel uncomfortable about some issues and distort some things. It is psychotherapists that I recommend going to first of all. As I wrote above, it’s a 2-in-1 combination. Choose whichever line of psychotherapy you feel closest to. But if you do not know where to start and you need advice, then I would recommend a scientifically proven method – the cognitive-behavioral approach. Although, of course, it’s all individual depending on what kind of problem you have.

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