There are a few pretty widespread affordable therapy options out there: Talk Space, Open Path, Better Help, etc. But, if your pockets look anything like mine, you still can’t afford them. While paying $30 to $70 a week is an enormous decrease in price, it can still cost up to $300 a month, which is just an extra bill that many can’t afford. In some cases, healthcare will cover therapy and mental health services, but I know that I can’t afford healthcare and I’m sure many others can’t either. So, what do you do when you can’t afford therapy, but you don’t want your mental health to climb aboard a sinking ship?
There are tried and true treatments in the mental health world, and these work for many people. Yet every medical discipline is always seeking out innovations that can provide even more help for those in need. For teens, some of these exciting new therapies involve experiences that can make all the difference to their mental health.
We all have our own ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, sadness, and other emotional issues that can get in the way of leading a good life. Some of them involve healthy decisions such as exercise, writing, and creating artwork, while others may involve alcohol, food, cigarettes, and other less than healthy outlets. Even if you fall in the former group, you might benefit from getting help from a professional in your neighborhood.
In the United States, we have a clear and considerable need for mental health services. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50 percent of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point during their lifetime. During any given year, approximately 26 percent of Americans over the age of 18 (or roughly one in four adults) struggle with a diagnosable mental health issue.
Substance abuse is something many people struggle with. It is all too easy to get started and far harder to stop and go back. For some people, beating a substance abuse addiction can seem hopeless, but if that’s you, you should know that you’re not alone. There is help available, and the therapy you get at a treatment center can truly change your life.
More than eight and a half million people live in New York City. Sometimes, it can feel like every one of them is stressed out. Here in New York, we deal with gridlocked traffic, a deteriorating subway system, long work hours, crowded streets (and stores, and restaurants), and more than our fair share of rude people.
Do you feel anxious? Do you feel sad? Are you having trouble with a relative or a relationship? Is your job stressing you out?
Throughout the day, we evaluate our experiences within the narratives our own mind creates. We respond and react to the events we encounter, often in the form of “This happened, hence I think/feel/act as such.” It is perhaps easier to pinpoint how our actions lead to certain consequences, but what we often miss is how our thoughts shape our experiences in the first place.