Treatment for mental health issues

By Gail Belsky

Expert reviewed by Laura Tagliareni, PhD

Treatment for mental health issues. A young person speaks to their psychiatrist.

At a glance

  • Therapy and medication are common treatments.

  • There are many types of professionals who help with mental health issues.

  • Therapy can also help with difficult emotions and stress.

Kids and adults who learn and think differently are more likely to have mental health issues than other people. Anxiety and depression are fairly common, in fact.

In some cases, it’s due to stress. In others, there’s a more direct link. For example, many people with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. The two conditions are known to co-occur.

Treatments for mental health issues include therapy and medication. A common therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a form of talk therapy. 

There are many medications for treating various mental health issues. People don’t all respond to medications in the same way. So, prescribers work to make sure the type and dosage is right for each person.

Medication and therapy aren’t the only things that can help. Both kids and adult can learn strategies to cope with stress and tough emotions. And working on learning and behavior challenges can create a more positive outlook.

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About the author

About the author

Gail Belsky is executive editor at Understood. She has written and edited for major media outlets, specializing in parenting, health, and career content.

Reviewed by

Reviewed by

Laura Tagliareni, PhD is a pediatric neuropsychologist in New York City and a clinical instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center.