Is Insurance Bad for Your Mental Health?

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Is insurance terrible for my mental health in psychotherapy?

I am being intentionally provocative here, but seriously, when did psychological challenges become medical problems? When we ask insurance companies to pay for psychological services, we assert that the services we provide are “medically necessary” to treat a specific organic condition. It wasn’t always like this. For centuries people looked to spiritual advisors, family, and others for support. Psychotherapy in Pennsylvania is meant to help people work through their mental health, without medicalizing it. 

Are mental problems organic/medical?

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Some conditions like Bi-Polar disorder and Schizophrenia have strong biological links. However, even when looking at twins who share genetic blueprints, the biological explanation is far from perfect. The best we can say is that complex psychological problems are influenced by genes and biology but also by the environment. What’s more, “the environment” includes the experiences we have and the people with whom we interact. Environmental realities such as stress have biological effects such as the release of stress hormones that affect our physical functioning, but at what point do these responses begin to represent pathological “conditions”?

Take Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), for instance. The syndrome, ADHD, is diagnosed by certain behaviors thought to be markers of the disorder. These include inattention, the inability to filter irrelevant stimuli, and trouble with organization, among other symptoms. The problem is that there are many reasons why an individual might struggle with these issues. For example, traumatic experiences can influence an individual’s nervous system. They are too busy scanning the environment for danger signals to focus on the specific task before them. If we diagnose ADHD just according to the symptoms we see, we risk missing the real target for treatment, the trauma.

How Does the Type of Attachment Style Play into Mental Health?

Attachment problems are another area that can lead to symptoms that mimic ADHD. Steve has written about attachment and relationships and what Secure attachment looks like. When individual experiences inconsistent or even traumatic experiences with caregivers early in life, they may develop what we call a preoccupied state of mind. People who develop this coping strategy, like traumatized individuals, have trouble keeping focused on one thing at a time. They learned early on to be alert for the needs of the caregiver and can look like they have ADHD to the untrained eye.

At Edward Jenny & Associates is we use powerful assessment techniques and psychotherapy in Pennsylvania to get below the surface symptoms and understand the whole person and how they have adapted to their environment. We help them do more of what is helping them live fulfilled lives and less of what gets in the way.

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Another way to think about psychological challenges is to think of them as “problems in living.”  That way we don’t have to diagnose a specific syndrome, instead we look at adaptive strategies. How did these strategies come to be? What problems did they solve at the time? Are they flexible or rigid? As Steve points out in his blog on secure attachment, secure individuals are able to use defenses in a flexible and creative way that allows them to tolerate the ups and downs in life without becoming disorganized. When we look compassionately at our “symptoms” we come to understand them for what they are, solutions to problems. To box psychological problems of living into medical syndromes limits our compassion and ability to find new solutions. The medicalization of psychological distress leads to overreliance on medications and devalues psychotherapy as a new and transforming experience.

So, in a sense, you could argue that insurance is bad for your mental health if we only look at psychological distress as a medical problem. Of course, insurance is a good thing overall, and everyone should have access to the quality medical care they need. We just may have overstated the medical roots of psychological distress.

Begin Online Psychotherapy in Pennsylvania When You’re Ready for Support!

Plant growing and tolerating discomfort to build resilience. Ready for mental health that targets your needs? Begin psychotherapy in Pennsylvania or collaborative assessments for support. Our therapists cannot wait to support you. Call now and learn more about the benefits of therapy without insurance. By harnessing your creativity and curiosity we can help you make lasting changes in your life. We develop our online therapy services in Pennsylvania to your needs and questions. No treatment is the same and no assessment or therapy experience is applied like a cookie-cutter template. This is because no two clients are the same.

Our powerful assessment methods, many of which are not other practices do not offer, can open the door to deeper understanding and improved relationships. We have seen it happen countless times and hope we can help it happen for you too!  Contact us for a free consultation.

Psychotherapy Services at Edward Jenny & Associates

Our online therapists, Stephen Seger, LSWEdward B. Jenny, Psy.D, and Rudner H. DeVera, Psy.D. also specialize in collaborative assessmenttreatment for depressionPTSD treatment and trauma therapycounseling for college studentscouples therapy, and assessment, and treatment for anxiety.

We also provide an anxiety support group for those who work better in a community setting. Additionally, we offer consultation and supervision for those seeking professional support. We look forward to working with you and developing better mental health in person or via online therapy in Pennsylvania!

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