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Different Types of Treatment

On the Internet, you can find a PMS “expert” at the drop of a hat, but in real life, it is considerably harder. All sorts of medical and nonmedical professionals treat premenstrual syndrome: primary care physicians, OB-GYNs, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, chiropractors, and nutritionists among them. depending on their education and philosophy, each “experts” treats PMS differently.

There are some critical differences, however. Primary care gynecologists, and psychiatrists can prescribe drugs your PMS symptoms, as can nurse practitioners. But psychologists cannot. Therapists and counselors both focus on therapy, but don’t all approach personal issues the same way, nor do have the same training. Finally, there are a number of treatments PMS-related issues outside of medication and therapy, such stress and painful physical symptoms by adjusting the musculoskeletal systems through chiropractic care.

Therapy, Medicine, or Both?

If you suffer from severe emotional symptoms during PMS, may be the best treatment option. But therapy can also you with the physical aspects of PMS by helping uncover the emotional issues at the root of your headaches, digestive problems, or backache. Professionals who practice psychotherapy include psychologists, social workers, and counselors. Each of these professionals has different licensing requirements and different areas of expertise.

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What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a technique designed to improve a person's physical and mental health function. Therapy and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably to describe this process. Generally, psychotherapy consists of conversations between a therapist and a client/patient— this is the reason psychotherapy is sometimes referred to as “talk therapy”— but it can also include supportive dialogue, sensory stimulation, and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

The therapist’s job is to help you recognize and cope with your negative mood symptoms, understand why they occurred, and help prevent them from reoccurring in the future. Patients are required be honest and involved during their sessions. Therapy offers a lot potential to recognize the root causes that worsen your symptoms, but it can take time to resolve core problems. In contrast, physicians may be able to find medical causes for your emotional symptoms and prescribe medications that provide immediate relief. Consider which approach has more long-term benefit for you.

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