may baby asked in HealthMental Health · 4 weeks ago

Do online therapist work as good as in person ones?

I have been dealing with depression for almost 10years. I'm 30. It started when I had my first child and worked ALOT. Being a single mom my mom helped me alot to the point where she would keep my daughter for days at a time to avoid me getting her out in the early mornings for my shift. I appriciated the help but I'd find myself crying because my daughter was only home two days a week. I worked 5 years then quit. I was fine for a few years. Then I got into a relationship which was fine. Until I got preg and lost my son. It took a toll on the relationship. I then had a baby girl and became a stay at home mom and while I loved being withy kids it was overwhelming and lonely me and the father would constantly fight. I would like to see a therapist but any little obstacle overwhelms me. I do not have childcare for therapy so I'm trying to see my options of what I can do and what will actually help me. I'm tired of feeling this way. Please help 

3 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    There is evidence that phone therapy is helpful. We're not sure about therapy that involves texting.

    Some therapists have begun working on the phone. You can call your doctor and ask about this.

    Legally, a therapist can work over the phone with anybody in the same state. Some insurance companies cover phone therapy. You can use the Psychology Today Find a Therapist feature to get a list of therapists in your state, find out who’s working by phone, and what kinds of problems they specialize in.

    The things you'd want to tell the doctor are how you feel at different times of day, any symptoms you might have such as change in appetite or sleep, and things in your life affecting how you feel.

    You could tell the doctor the results of a screening test for depression - CESD R.

    Handbook of Self-Help Therapies, which reviews studies of books and programs, says that the great majority of self-help books are useless. 

    If you think you might be depressed, there's a lot of things that can help, and an advantage to having a professional who knows how to use them. I couldn't say exactly what kind of help you'd need but there are healthy lifestyle things that can help with all kinds of depression.

    This answer has details, under DEPRESSION TREATMENTS -

  • 4 weeks ago

    A therapist's job isn't to "cure" you - they are a tool for you to use while YOU do the WORK it takes to come to recovery. And there is also a lot of self-help for depression online and books written for help on the subject.  The websites and books are all about the same things as seeing a therapist -- giving a person things to do in order to change their thinking and in order to come to recovery.  

    It doesn't happen overnight.  It's a process.  It takes effort.  And guess what? YOU CAN DO IT

  • 4 weeks ago

    Like every instance you don't like it. You don't like working, you don't like being home. You don't like being single, you don't like a relationship. What do you want?!?!?!

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