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Going for Online Therapists

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I am passionate about mental health and I think a lot more needs to be said about it. Many of us shy from talking about any sort of mental health challenges we may be facing, and we shouldn’t. I believe talking helps, and the more we talk about our mental health, the more others will talk about theirs. Hopefully all the talking helps get rid of the stigma that is still associated with mental health issues. If you are having mental health problems and you are thinking of getting some form of help, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of information you find. It can be tricky to decide on where to start and how to go about getting help.

 

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What is online therapy?

Online therapy is the provision of mental health counselling via the Internet.  Therapists use many different mediums such as apps for texting, video chatting, voice messaging and audio messaging to provide this service to their patients. Online therapy can occur in real-time, such as in phone conversations and online chat rooms. It can also occur in a time-delayed format, such as through email messages and text messages.

 

Why online therapy?

There are now opportunities to get in touch with therapists online, rather than the traditional way. So if the thought of meeting a therapist one on one is too much, you can now opt for having the meeting online. Millions of people opt for online therapy because it is convenient. You can speak to your therapist from the comfort of your home via your laptop or phone.

Another important reason why many people now go for online therapy is so they are not limited to only therapists in their area. They can pick a therapist from anywhere in the world and they can also get privacy as no one will see them go into an actual office. This is very important if you want to keep your treatment private.

 

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Is online therapy replacing traditional therapy?

I don’t believe online therapy is out to replace traditional therapy, but I think it is taking over gradually. The reason why it is starting to take over is thanks to the online based society we now live in. At the end of the day, it is opt to you to decide on what sort of therapy/counselling you need. If online counselling works better for you, then by all means go for that. I think it is great we now have options for getting help with our mental health, and it is good to know online therapy for those who prefer that. You can find a list of therapists here.

 

The future

Online therapy is here to stay and I am pleased this option is now available. I think it is a great way to get help/counselling. It is very convenient and accessible, and there are lots of options available. I believe it is comforting to know that we don’t have to leave the house to speak a counsellor or therapist.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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Depression – The Silent Killer

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Depression is the silence killer in current times. It is eating away the hearts and minds of many, and it is still being ignored as a serious mental illness by many. We may have had our own fair share of feeling low at various points in our lives, and this can give us a good idea of what living with depression can feel like. I know I have had many times in my life where I didn’t feel like getting out of bed or felt low for days, but I always bounce back. That is the difference. People who are suffering from depression don’t bounce back. The feeling of not getting out of bed or feeling low carries on for weeks, months even years.

 

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Dealing with depression

The feeling of extended sadness can come as a result of losing someone, finance troubles, relationship issues, work problems or just general life struggles. When it comes to dealing with mental health illness, the first thing is to understand  what is causing the symptoms. Once you know what the trigger is, you are half way in solving the problem. It may be tricky at first to pinpoint the trigger or triggers if all sorts are happening at the same time, but once you do, it all starts to make sense why you feel the way you do.

The next step is to find someone you trust to confide in. A listening ear/sounding board always helps. The stigma associated with mental health is starting to wear off as more and more people talk about this invisible illness, so seek out a friend to open up to. You need to remember depression is an illness and not a sign of weakness.

Once you confide in someone you trust, the next thing to do is to see your doctor. If you are feeling depressed and struggling to get on with day to day activities like getting out of bed and cleaning up , you should go see a doctor immediately to get help. Asking for help is a sign of strength. It shows you know something is wrong and you are willing to do something about it.

 

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Depression like many other mental health illness affects the entire body. It affects the way you eat, sleep or live. Which is why it eventually starts to take a toll on the body, and ends up leading to other illnesses if not treated.

 

Signs of Depression

Here are some of the common signs of depression –

 

  • Consistent sad empty mood
  • Loss of interest in hobbies/activities you once enjoyed.
  • Insomnia or Hypersomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability and Hostility
  • Lack of appetite or overeating
  • Feelings of hopelessness/worthlessness

 

These are just a few of the common signs of depression. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should get help. There are a number of ways of dealing with depression. Talk therapy with a psychologist is a way to treat depression. Using prescribed medication from your doctor is another way. A combination of both also works in some instances. The treatment varies from person to person. Which is why you have to get your own diagnosis if you feel you are showing signs of depression. You could find out how much therapy cost here.

There is a lot to be said about our mental health and I feel the more we talk about, the more the stigma wears off. There is no shame in having any illness and we need to remember that.

 

 

Counselling sessions for first time mothers

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Having a baby for the first time is an exciting experience. I remember how exciting it was for me over 5 years ago while I was pregnant with the Kiddies. Like most first time mothers to be, it is an experience I can never forget. Having said, the whole pregnancy process is brand new so there is always a bit of anxiety for most new mothers. And for some other mothers to be, the whole period of pregnancy, the thought of child-birth and life after can be pretty scary.

Pregnancy can be so scary for pregnant women, and the fear can even cause problems in your relationship with your spouse/partner, because it may feel hard to describe your feelings. These issues can even cause couples to drift apart, which usually leads to other family issues. Which is why I believe every first time mother should be offered at least one counselling session while pregnant.

 

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First time mothers to be should have counselling sessions

I believe every first time mother to be should be offered some counselling sessions. These counselling sessions should be carried out by a qualified therapist. The sessions can be incorporated with the ante natal classes. I think pregnant women will really benefit from some form of counselling to prepare them for motherhood and the life and body changes that come with it. You can read more about these counselling sessions here.

There are so many side effects of pregnancy and child-birth no one really talks about. The pregnancy books try to explain them but nothing really prepares you. I read so many pregnancy books, but I remember how shocked I was when I looked at my stomach for the first time after delivery. It didn’t look like mine. It was flappy and looked deflated. So having someone to answer your questions and shed light on issues you may be facing would be a life saver for many mothers to be.

 

Hormones can trigger a mental health issue

Many pregnant women have no idea how the strain of pregnancy will affect their body, mental and physical health. The pregnancy hormones can make women feel more anxious and ‘low’. Some pregnant women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth, which is referred to as the ‘perinatal period’. Here are some examples of perinatal mental health illness –

  • Perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Antenatal depression
  • Postnatal depression
  • Anxiety
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Tokophobia (extreme fear of childbirth)
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

 

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I wish I had the opportunity to speak with to a licensed counsellor about my mental health while pregnant for the first time. Being able to speak with a therapist would have answered many of questions and put my mind at rest. And I know many women feel the exact same way. Having that safe place to pour out your mind and speak about what ever issues or feelings you might be having would make the whole pregnancy process a lot easier for many.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think first time mothers to be should have counselling sessions? Please share in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by.

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