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Occupational Therapy In Mental Health - Everything You Need To Know!

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Dr. Iram Parveen 91% (887 ratings)
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT)
Occupational Therapist, Delhi  •  8 years experience
Occupational Therapy In Mental Health - Everything You Need To Know!

The occupational therapy aims at ensuring that individuals have a productive and satiating life. In children, occupational therapy helps in mastering skills, recover, and carry out daily chores without depending on adults. Apart from these, there are other benefits of occupational therapy. Fortunately, they can be measured, and have a practical approach. When children find it difficult to take bath, eat, or do any other daily living chores themselves, occupational therapy helps them to overcome the barriers. But occupational therapists also do more than taking care of physical health. They also help in taking care of mental health.

What can be expected: Grief adjustment, emotion handling, stress management, and parenting can be challenging for many people. Anxiety can slowly turn into depression. The relationship between the individuals determines their mental health and performance. This is rightly understood by occupational therapy. The needs of the individual are approached with the context of his or her family and environment by an occupational therapist. The mental health approach suggested by occupational therapy is client-centered, and this is why it can produce admirable results. The approach is practical and client-specific. The therapist considers a lot of methods and plans for delivering result in case of each patient. There is no one size fits all approach in occupational therapy.

How a therapist works: As the first step, the practitioner speaks with the client and the family to find out what activity is most important, for the personal and family life. Then the practitioner suggests how one can create goals. Short-term goals help one to stay focused and motivated towards the process. Long-term goals help in achieving success. The therapist helps in sorting this out. The mental illness of the client is observed by the therapist, and a lot of time is spent on this process. The therapist also teaches lots of practical ways to come over the mental illness, and a wide range of relaxation techniques are taught. The client can choose what best fits him or her.

Substance abuse and other unhealthy activities are slowly replaced with healthy activities with the help of the occupational therapists. The mind of such patients is diverted towards healthy activities. Skills, interests, strengths, and weaknesses of the client are analyzed by the therapist, and wherever required, modifications are suggested by the practitioner. Skill training with the help of peers is carried out, and apt employment opportunities are suggested. An idle mind is Satan’s workshop and a therapist, hence, emphasizes on a practical way to find a suitable employment opportunity. Also, he may give ideas on the environment of the workplace, even at the beginning, thus preparing the client. Balancing emotions can actually help a lot of people, and these therapists aid to structure lives and balance whatever the client wants.

Occupational therapists can help students to stay strong against peer pressure. They can help adults to stay content with their job, help jobless to stay focused and hone skills while preparing for the upcoming opportunities, and patients who are on the recovery mode to understand the recovery process and stay strong. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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