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Psychotherapy Then and now #TBT

In modern times psychological problems can be treated and controlled to help people live happy and normal lives. In 2016 the psychological problems humans encounter has become understood like never before. Effective treatments for every type of situation like depression can be solved with developed techniques. But since it is throwback Thursday let’s look into this subject from a time machine perspective. Going way, way back on how and what was done when Mental Illness was discovered or encountered.

In the Middle Ages after the Roman Empire fell according to Mental illness was believed to be demonic.(Haggerty 2016). People were tortured in order to gain confession of the possessions. But some physician began to believe and advocate that mental illness could be treated in (1493-1541) by using psychotherapy (Haggerty 2016). Sigmund Freud continued studies and developed treatment. He theorized that mental illness came from memories and could be treated by speaking to the patient and bringing the memories to the forefront (Haggerty 2016).

From 1917 and 1935 shock introduction was a form of treatment used in Europe (Sabbatini). These treatments included Malaria-induced fever, Insulin-induced coma and convulsions, Metrazol-induced convulsions, and Electroconvulsive shock therapy ( Sabbatini). These techniques where considered leading break trough’s at the time. Using different types of shock to the body in order to cure or control mental illness. By the seventies these treatments where out the door as many problems came from it and drugs began to be used.

Now there are many treatments available for all and any type of mental illness or societal problems. Counseling and medication can be used for many issues. Individual and family therapy has become an import part of society today. We as humans and as a society face complex issues that must be dealt with in order to have a happy life. Our society has become a high paced environment with issues we have never imagined. It can be difficult at times to cope and move on to the next steps in our individual lives. Individual and family therapy can help in many ways with techniques that have been proven and tried.

Haggerty, J. (2016). History of Psychotherapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 25, 2016, from

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