Psychological Therapeutics; A non-discussed necessity.
Written by;
Ibukunoluwa Taiwo; A writer, a mediapreneur, PR and brand strategist

Psychological Therapeutics is the practice of the science of the human mind; specifically, Psychology the systematic or scientific knowledge of the powers and functions of the human soul, so far as they are known by consciousness; a treatise on the human soul.

Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change behavior and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual's well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills. Certain psychotherapies are considered evidenced based for treating some diagnosed mental disorders.
But in this part of the world, we shun away from a psychotherapist, we discriminate those who are bold to get it, and we remain responsible for people who suffer from mental problems. Now I mentioned mental problems, and an average reader is like "I'm not in this category." Well you may be correct because you don't suffer from the first issue on the mental problem I'd be addressing; "KLEPTOMANIA", but you suffer from the other one; "DEPRESSION", seldom or regularly.

  • KLEPTOMANIA. (klep-toe-MAY-nee-uh)

"Until you've heard man a full, you have no right to come to a conclusion about him."

I know a young man who struggled with kleptomania.
Kleptomania is the recurrent inability to resist urges to steal items that a person doesn't really need and that usually have little value to them.
Kleptomania is a disorder that can be solved by psychotherapy, a disorder that needs serious attention but isn't well managed in this part of the world.

Many people with kleptomania live lives of secret shame because they're afraid to seek mental health treatment. Although there's no cure for kleptomania, treatment with medication or talk therapy (psychotherapy) may help to end the cycle of compulsive stealing.

  • Symptoms

Kleptomania symptoms may include:
* Inability to resist powerful urges to steal items that you don't need
* Feeling increased tension, anxiety or arousal leading up to the theft
*Feeling terrible guilt, remorse, self-loathing, shame or fear of arrest after the theft
*Return of the urges and a repetition of the kleptomania cycle

features

people with kleptomania typically exhibit these features or characteristics:

*Unlike typical shoplifters, people with kleptomania don't compulsively steal for personal gain, on a dare, for revenge or out of rebellion. They steal simply because the urge is so powerful that they can't resist it.
*Episodes of kleptomania generally occur spontaneously, usually without planning and without help or collaboration from another person.
*Most people with kleptomania steal from public places, such as stores and supermarkets. Some may steal from friends or acquaintances, such as at a party.
*Often, the stolen items have no value to the person with kleptomania, and the person can afford to buy them.
*Urges to steal may come and go or may occur with greater or lesser intensity over the course of time.

  • Depression

"It is appalling to note that even rich, famous and successful people in the world have suddenly died of suicide. There is the question of these individuals state of mind that had led to the conclusion that death is better! And a preferred solution to living. A lot of times, we ascribe these deaths to demonic possessions and mental illnesses but what is the big problem?
The not too big problem is DEPRESSION. Depression is, in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.
What do we then do about it? What! Are the risks that facilitate these executive decisions." What! We do nothing. And maybe that's why a lot of problems with solutions are still problems when we can do something about them.

Suicide is a multifactorial event that doesn't have a straightforward cause. Rather, it is multi-factored and may act in tandem to results that led from depression and in the eventual act of suicide. It is, therefore, best to refer to them as risk factors. i.e. individual, socio-cultural or situational factors.

*Individual risk factors include some mental illnesses like: mood disorders such as depression, personality disorders, and substance use disorders.
*Socio-cultural risk factors include some events/occurrences that so shameful and embarrassing or stigmatized as to make death a preferable option than facing up to the anticipated societal humiliation and social pressure.

Several people wake up every day, go through life, show up at work, talk to colleagues, relate with family at home, go to school but feel deeply empty inside. They have no emotional attachment or intimacy with anyone and even some who do, they sometimes feel isolated, detached– as if life is just passing them by, while they remain at the periphery.

It may even occur to them that they have no value or worth, leading to feelings of extreme loneliness, hopelessness, and overwhelming despair that their life has no meaning, or that they are failures. They may experience severe sadness, intense emotional pain and anguish, such that the thought of seeking an escape route begins to look attractive. To sleep peacefully and never wake up again, to just disappear…after all, they will hardly be missed and the world (or their family) may even be better off without them.
Then they think suicide is the way out.

I am not trying to give excuses for this who attempt or commit suicide but these are actually the case, and we have no right to be judgemental but we also have a choice. We can choose to encourage victims to either file for euthanasia or jump off a bridge, but the society would be held responsible for what actions we take.

Things are hard the problems are real, while you may blame people for attempting or committing suicide it'll be an injustice neglecting the problems that are there. A lot are depressed, a lot are abused, a lot have mental illnesses, a lot need help, support and every other help they can get.

A while back, Amitriptylline was prescribed to another young man by a pharmacist. And even though he hasn'tgotten the medication, I can boldly say; he is depressed... He needs help, we all do. If you do; kindly chat up via my contact below — if you are in Ilorin; let's meet and talk! There is more to living, that life can offer.

WhatsApp and calls; + 23481070413
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TAIWO Ibukunoluwa

TAIWO Ibukunoluwa

Ibukunoluwa is a writer, a PR, a brand strategist and mediaprenuer