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Ask Dr. Wong: Why Does Therapy Matter?

hero-ask-dr-wongDr. Donovan Wong Answers Your Mental Health Questions

DEAR DR. WONG: What does therapy matter?

ANSWER: Everyone experiences stress and difficult situations. This is a fact of life. Things like work stress, loss of relationships, jobs, or loved ones are just a few of the common things we will go through. That also means we will all suffer some kind of emotional distress in our lifetime. When those times come up, it can help to have someone to work through those problems with you. This is why therapy matters. Here are more reasons:


Ask Dr. Wong: How Can Men Benefit From Therapy?

ask-dr-wongDr. Donovan Wong Answers Your Mental Health Questions

DEAR DR. WONG: How can men better embrace therapy and have a successful experience with it?

ANSWER: A lot of men seem like they don’t have feelings or they are not good at expressing their feelings. Can therapy still help them?

Believing that some people don’t have emotions or have less emotions is a common misconception. Everyone has emotions and they are a key part to who we are. However, people deal with emotions differently and many people avoid their feelings because they make them uncomfortable. 


Ask Dr. Wong: What Are the Top Reasons for Therapy?

ask-dr-wongDr. Donovan Wong Answers Your Mental Health Questions

DEAR DR. WONG: What are the top reasons for therapy?

ANSWER: Among the many reasons why therapy is important for overall health, here are five that motivate us every day to provide accessible and affordable mental health care: 

  • About half of all Americans will have a mental health disorder in their lifetime and nearly 80 percent don’t get adequate treatment.
  • 1 in 5 people will have a mental illness in a given year.
  • 70 percent of people diagnosed with depression are in the workforce (and employees experiencing depression are 35 percent less productive).
  • Video therapy is an effective way to receive treatment. Our providers see your face, sense your emotions and hear your voice from the comfort of any private setting you choose. Studies show that patients are as satisfied and have equal results with video therapy as in-person treatment.
  • We make it easier to access care. Some people don’t have any local providers. Some have local providers, but we also give people access to multiple options not restricted by physical location.


Ask Dr. Wong: How Can I Deal With Work Stress?

ask-dr-wongDr. Donovan Wong Answers Your Mental Health Questions

DEAR DR. WONG: I’m working 80 hours a week at a very busy job. Is there a pill I can take so I’m not stressed out anymore?

ANSWER: This is a great question and one that is relevant to the many people who have hectic lives and feel stressed out because of it. First I would say almost all people would feel stress, along with symptoms of anxiety or depression, working 80 hours a week at a busy job.I personally know people that work like this and most are really struggling. Some people may even meet criteria for an anxiety, depressive, or other disorder related to work stress. People in these situations could benefit greatly from an evaluation and treatment with a mental health professional, and at times medication to treat their symptoms.

Ask Dr. Wong: What Should I know About Autism?

ask-dr-wongDr. Donovan Wong Answers Your Mental Health Questions

DEAR DR. WONG: I often hear about autism in the news. What do I need to know about it and should I be concerned?

ANSWER: Autism has certainly been in the news for its prevalence and unfounded research that promoted dangerous untruths about vaccines. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder. Just last month, public pressure forced actor Robert De Niro to pull a documentary from his Tribeca Film Festival that was sympathetic to the now-discredited myth that vaccines play a role in autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Here is what you need to know about this disorder:

Ask Dr. Donovan: What Is the Difference Between Psychology and Psychiatry?

ask-dr-donovanDr. Donovan Wong Answers Your Mental Health Questions

DEAR DR. DONOVAN: What’s the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist?

ANSWER: First the similarities: they are both doctoral level providers and both specialize in mental health. Now the differences. Psychologists usually get a PhD or PsyD doctoral degree from graduate school in psychology. Psychiatrists are physicians who went to medical school and have an MD or DO degree. Since psychiatrists are physicians they can prescribe medication and that is one of the main things they do. Generally psychologists don’t prescribe medication, but instead do therapy. There are exceptions to the rule, but generally psychiatrists prescribe medication and psychologists do therapy.