talk therapy


Definition of talk therapy

: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

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Recent Examples on the Web Medication may help people who are responding to difficult circumstances, and talk therapy can do a great deal for those whose symptoms have no obvious causes. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?," 8 Sep. 2020 Treatment would typically include talk therapy but in some cases, inpatient hospital care or medication. Claire Gillespie,, "What is Suicidal Ideation? The Dangerous Thought Pattern Is on the Rise Right Now—Here's What You Need to Know," 14 Aug. 2020 However, Robinson notes that traditional talk therapy is not always accessible. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "'Feels like the world is against you': Young people struggle with finding mental health support amid COVID pandemic," 8 Aug. 2020 With this approach, the therapist usually has a better idea of what the child is struggling with and will use more talk therapy with games or activities to surface their mental health issues. Zayna Syed, Dallas News, "COVID-19 has forced many North Texas therapists to offer children’s play therapy online," 18 June 2020 Garcia added that people enter into therapy for a variety of reasons, but sometimes talk therapy alone does not get the whole job done. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Mental Health Match helps more than 500 Houston-area residents find help," 20 Dec. 2019 Treatment can involve medication, talk therapy, changes in behavior or lifestyle (such as increasing physical activity or taking breaks from your baby), or some combination of the three. Tara Haelle, New York Times, "Postpartum Depression Can Be Dangerous. Here’s How to Recognize It and Seek Treatment.," 17 Apr. 2020 Please remind your readers that talk therapy is useful and can be lifesaving. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Aunt wants to reunite long-lost family," 24 Apr. 2020 In the short term, Perlis says, treatment may include medication or talk therapy, and should be tailored to the individual. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, "Health care workers seek to flatten COVID-19’s ‘second curve’—their rising mental anguish," 22 Apr. 2020

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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16 Sep 2020

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“Talk therapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of talk therapy

: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

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