“People often don’t realize that depression isn’t just one thing. It can have different causes and presentations. Some people look sad, others are more irritable, some withdraw, and others seem restless.” —Lisa Moses, PsyD.
There were many times in my life when I felt lost and confused. Everything around me was becoming unbearable. In some mornings, I would wake up feeling heavy emotions inside me. I felt that my close friends and family members are starting to keep themselves away from me.
I experienced withdrawal from my relationships with other people. To be honest, I thought that I would not be able to survive those difficult days.
“The depressed person, due to the way brain operates in depression, become unable to see new solutions to problems, and they focus overly on negatives. They tend to ruminate on what is wrong in their lives, and such brooding increases mental stuckness,” according to Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD.
However, things change when someone introduced the concept of online therapy to me.
“Research consistently shows that online treatment can be very effective for many mental health issues. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online treatment was just as effective as face-to-face treatment for depression,” according to Amy Morin LCSW.
At first, I was hesitant to try it, especially when sessions are only available online. I believed that my interaction with a professional through the virtual environment would just be useless. I had to talk to an actual therapist so that I can process all my thoughts and emotions correctly. Well, I thought wrong. The truth is that I became better when I started talking to an online therapist; these are some of the benefits I got from trying it:
Ease of opening up
There was no tension between my therapist and me. Because of the remote environment, it became easier on my part to share about my problems and concerns. With online therapy, I no longer need to concern myself about the facial expressions of the professional I’m talking to. As such, I had an opportunity to be honest about what I felt. I believe that it helped me become more aware of the current state of my mind.
The best thing about it is that I can get my sessions at any time of the day. Since I do not need to go to the office of a therapist, I can save more time to do better things. At the same time, I can talk to my professional therapist even at the convenience of my own home. As long as there is a stable Internet connection, everything will go smoothly.
Lower fees for the sessions
Surprisingly, the rates for the sessions are affordable online. This means that getting a therapist for me has not become a burden. Since the rates are affordable, I can schedule many meetings in one week, depending on my preferences. Doing this has helped me a lot to get over the depression that I was feeling back then. I can say that the money spent on online therapy was worth it.
Learning new things
Resorting to e-therapy has also been beneficial for me in the sense that it allowed me to learn more about psychological or mental health. There were many exercises or online activities that can help a patient determine the specific kind of problem that he is going through. In my case, the test results allowed my therapist think of better strategies on how to approach my issues before. In less than one month, I was able to get over depression.
At this point, it is essential to emphasize that the effects of e-therapy may be different from one person to another. The best thing to do is to try it out and see how it would help you. Nothing beats experience in determining whether the online sessions are practical for you or not.