Today I started a new one type of therapy. Although I am feeling optimistic, some apprehension has already taken root in me. The therapist stressed the fact that her treatment would help me heal from past trauma. With that vampire bat gone from hanging in the corner of my mind, I would heal from the rest of my mental illness – depression, eating disorder, and anxiety included.
Can that really happen? Does one type of therapy cure mental illness? For that matter, does one medication?
I have always been a firm believer in drawing from many sources for healing. Most people need a combination of the following: therapy, medication, family and friends, coping skills, support groups, spiritual support, and/or physical health care. Nearly everyone that I know uses many of the items on this list in order to transition to a healthier place.
That is the reason I am wary of this new treatment. Could it completely cure me? Possibly. More likely, it will help me to deal with my trauma and move on with that part of my life. Being free to feel secure around men, date with fear, and not blame myself for being a woman or ugly will be nice.
However, I doubt that my depression will fade. Anxiety will probably continue to gnaw at my thoughts. Body image might still be a sore subject for me. Fixing this one part of my past might not heal all of my mind and spirit.
After all, my depression came before the incident when I was little as did my anxiety. They are part of my brain chemistry and genetically handed down in my family. Thus, altering the way I view one past event will not erase the genetic predisposition I have to mental illness.
Does mental illness have one cure-all? None that I have found so far. Instead, different treatments and ways of coping seem to fit well to make the right plan for each individual person. This makes recovery difficult, yet (as I always point out) it is not impossible.
But does that hope come from one thing alone? What do you think?