People living with mental disabilities face numerous challenges in their daily lives, and their conditions are often difficult to treat because their causes can be unknown. Researchers, scientists, and mental health professionals extensively study different approaches to the treatment of mental health disabilities, both psychological and those involving medicine. I agree with the idea that psychological counseling can help people with significant mental disabilities to improve their well-being.
I have a personal experience with people with mental disabilities who benefited greatly from psychological counseling therapy. One of my aunts was diagnosed with major depression after the loss of her family member. She did not go outside her house and mostly spent time in her room, rarely talking to other people. My aunt soon began to work with a counselor who used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and in six months, her well-being considerably improved, and she started to interact with family members again. My personal experience also ca be supported by the scientific evidence since there are many studies dedicated to the topic of counseling’s impact on mental disability. Research shows that both positive psychology interventions and CBT can reduce clinical symptoms and enhance well-being in patients with clinical depression (Chaves et al., 2017). Additionally, the latest evidence indicates that CBT is also effective in the cases of patients with anxiety (Reavell et al., 2018). Thus, it is clear that psychological counseling methods such as CBT can bring benefits to the health and well-being of people with mental disabilities.
Individuals who struggle with mental disabilities have difficult lives, but they can receive effective help from professional counselors. My personal experiences, as well as scientific research, clearly demonstrate that psychological counseling has many benefits for people with mental health disabilities. Therefore, it is reasonable to promote psychological counseling as an effective tool for assisting people with their mental problems and enabling them to improve their life.
Chaves, C., Lopez-Gomez, I., Hervas, G. &, Vazquez, C. (2017). A comparative study on the efficacy of a positive psychology intervention and a cognitive behavioral therapy for clinical depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41, 417–433.
Reavell, J., Hopkinson, M., Clarkesmith, D., &, Lane, D. (2018). Effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety in patients with cardiovascular disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 80(8), 742–753.