Who needs Therapy?
(and how much?)
Emotional distress may not always require professional help. But when problems threaten to become overwhelming or interfere with everyday life, there is no need to feel defeated.
Millions of Americans who might benefit from psychotherapy never even give it a try. More than 50 million American adults suffer from mental or addictive disorders and any given time. But a recent government survey showed that fewer than one-third of them get professional help. – Quoted In Consumer Reports 1995 Mega-Survey
Forty-eight percent of all
Americans between the ages of 15 and 54 experience a
The longer people stayed in therapy, the more they improve.
On the average, the typical therapy client is better off than 75% of untreated individuals.--Meta Analysis of psychotherapy outcome studies, Smith, 1977
On average, 50 percent of people recovered after 11 weekly therapy sessions, and 75% got better after about a year. --Kenneth Howard of Northwestern University.
On the 64 different psychological symptoms measured, 75% returned to normal after 58 weeks of once per week therapy. --Mark Kopata, Ph.D., University of Evansville
For the people in our survey, longer psychotherapy was associated with better outcomes. Among people who entered therapy with similar levels of emotional distress, those who stayed in treatment for more than six months reported greater gains than those who left earlier. Our data suggest that for many people, even a year's worth of therapy with a mental health specialists may be very worthwhile. People who stayed in treatment for more than two years reported the best outcomes of all. However, these people tended to have started out with more serious problems. --Consumer Reports 1995 Mega- Survey
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