Welcome to the age of Google and information. I see more clients more confused now about their situations with all the information they research or read in an attempt to apply everything to themselves, in hopes of a quick resolve. Information sometimes applied correctly and successfully and sometimes applied very inaccurately and excessively with unexpected consequences, or not with the desired results
Younger folks are much more willing to rely and use the internet to self diagnose or treat others. If its accurate and effective, you might save some money but since the biggest predictor of any one getting better is the relationship a client forms with their therapists, all the information in the world can not substitute face to face sessions with a professional. As well as not all therapists follow the medical model, even thought all insurance companies do, and that is the bulk of what most people find.
Even experts in the mental health field can disagree as to the how’s and why’s of diagnostics and therapy or of the various mental health issues, which are in a constant state of change and advancement as they are approached from many view points and with new advancements in the filed.
Often times clients self diagnose or diagnose others in their family with various personality disorders without ever having gone to see any one in the mental health field. Google has made their decision for them. Everything can sound so similar too, clients tell me. Sometimes finding issues they did not know were even issuesSo you may consider trusting the face to face process of using a therapists in real time, hanging in there and seeing what happens, rather than amass information that leads to many clients to feel less than or more anxious.
Counseling and mental health therapy in one form or another, through various healers has been around since ancient times, even before the mental health field developed to what it is today.
Even thought face to face therapy is still considered the gold standard, its good to know that other options now exists.