Depression Counselling Online
What is Depression?
Depression, a word that you must have so often encountered and so often ignored. Won't be wrong to say as common as a flu, this debilitating condition never fails to appear in the list of top major health concerns for the world.
But not many people know what depression is. So let us understand it first! To put it in layman’s language it is the illness of the mood. Your mood feels like lost, sinking or in simple terms sad.
To put it scientifically, the DSM-IV-TR has given the following list of symptoms:
- Depressed mood for most of the day, or nearly every day
- Lack of interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities
- Decrease or Increase in Appetite
- Significant Weight Loss even when not dieting or Weight Gain
- Insomnia or Hypersomnia
- Feeling Fatigued or a Loss of Energy
- Feeling of Worthlessness
- Feeling of Inappropriate Guilt
- Recurrent Thoughts of Suicide
If you experience most of these symptoms, then you might be suffering from some degree of depression. But don’t you get bogged down. Let you be informed that depression is treatable and can be managed.
What is Online Depression Counselling?
Online counselling for depression is a way through which you can get depression counselling online without the need for a physical appointment. Online counselling helps you to get connected and chat/talk with your counsellor online without the need of physical visits to the counsellor/therapist.
Depression often causes a lack of interest in doing daily activities and as a result you may feel disinterested to seek help; characteristic statements like “How will I reach the therapist…oh! It’s a long drive plus the traffic” , “I don’t have the energy, let’s just sleep” or “ What will people say about me” are very prevalent and as result you may delay or never seek counselling. This definitely is not a good thing and can set a spiral chain of events hampering both physical and mental health.
This is where online counselling for depression comes into picture. No more making up your mind, then driving through traffic, waiting room experience and so on. Online counselling allows you to seek counselling and therapy simply through your phone, desktop or tablet with an internet connection. You book appointments online and talk to your counsellor/therapist online, totally doing away with the time spent on driving through traffic and waiting rooms.
How Online Depression Counselling can Help?
Counselling paves a way for you to share your thoughts and feelings with an unbiased listener i.e. your counsellor. By speaking your mind out to the counsellor, you share it with someone who has the expertise in treating depression. Your counsellor will help you to gain an insight into the possible causes for your depression (both implicit and explicit), understand and accept them and look for possible ways to cope with depression in a healthy manner.
Your counsellor works on your self-acceptance and self-understanding about your situation, gives you alternate ways of thinking and works on an attitudinal shift from dysfunctional thoughts to healthy thoughts. To achieve this, the counsellor draws from various therapy techniques such a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Existential therapy, etc.
Where can I find Online Counselling for Depression?
When looking for an online counsellor, qualification and experience of the counsellor is something to consider while choosing the counsellor. Online counsellors for depression practice on different online counselling platforms around the world.
Rich Psych is one of the best platforms providing online counselling for depression in India and other countries. It provides you access to qualified and experienced counsellors, you can consult for depression counselling and address your mood related issues. Wondering about Privacy and Confidentiality? We take it very seriously here and what you talk remains between You and Your Counsellor. You can start counselling by getting matched with a counsellor and seek help, support and guidance for managing depression.
You can also take our Depression Questionnaire, and assess your depression level.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is advisable not to self diagnose and instead consult a Psychologist to confirm a diagnosis for depression.
To read more about them in detail, read Types of Depression.