The Importance of Active Participation in Mental Health Treatment

Noah Warren
October 6, 2023

Passive treatments such as medication, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can be valuable tools in treating mental health conditions. However, these treatments alone may not be sufficient for long-term improvement.

In this blog post, we explore the importance of active participation in mental health treatment and the benefits of incorporating psychotherapy with passive treatments.

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The Limitations of Passive Treatments

While passive treatments can be effective in reducing symptoms of mental health conditions, they have limitations. Medications may have side effects, and TMS therapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy may involve potential risks. Additionally, passive treatments alone may not equip individuals with the tools to manage their symptoms long-term.

Active Participation in Psychotherapy

Active participation in psychotherapy can enhance the effectiveness of passive treatments. It enables patients to address underlying issues that may be contributing to their mental health condition and equips them with coping mechanisms to manage symptoms long-term.

According to Dr. Steven Hollon, a professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University, "Psychotherapy is about learning new ways of managing problems, and that takes time and effort on the part of the patient. It involves identifying maladaptive behavior patterns and finding new ways of responding to thoughts and experiences that trigger those patterns."

The Importance of a Collaborative Approach

The most effective treatment plans are collaborative approaches between the patient and healthcare professional. Patients who play an active role in their treatment have shown improved outcomes in symptom reduction and overall quality of life.

According to Dr. Lisa Lewis, a clinical psychologist at Yale University, "Patient involvement in mental health treatment has consistently been associated with improved outcomes. It can lead to better communication, mutual understanding of goals, and increased motivation to make positive changes."


While passive treatments such as medications, TMS therapy, and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can be effective in treating mental health conditions, long-term improvement requires active participation in psychotherapy. A collaborative approach between patients and healthcare professionals can lead to better outcomes and equip individuals with the tools to manage their symptoms long-term.

It is essential to prioritize active participation in your mental health treatment and to discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential benefits of incorporating psychotherapy into your treatment plan.

Remember, seeking treatment is a personal choice, and it is important to find the right fit for your individual needs. Always prioritize your safety and wellbeing, and discuss any questions or concerns with a licensed mental health professional, like us at Roots Mental Wellness.

Noah Warren
Director of Business Development