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depression - dont give up

Today’s post was planned to be about a completely different topic, specifically about New Year’s resolutions, but due to the events what happend in my head in the last days, I have a strong need to share with you this extremely difficult, but high important topic. With World Depression Day approaching, I want this topic to reach as many people as possible.

On February 23, we celebrate the International Day Against Depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the fourth most serious disease in the world and one of the leading causes of suicide. The purpose of the celebration is to disseminate knowledge about depression and other related disorders.

Online psychotherapy

Millions of people around the world use the help of psychologists and the number is constantly growing.

The demand for therapy is definitely huge, and the growing queues to specialists, fear or shame of standing in line among completely random strangers make online psychotherapy and telephone consultations an increasingly common and popular form of therapy.

More than 300 million suffer from depression. people in the world, and this is not the only ailment that requires specialist intervention. Anxiety disorders, addictions, eating disorders, trauma after experiencing violence, neuroses, sexual disorders. There are plenty of problems, but therapy is still a taboo topic. A problem that can often be solved is underestimated, and the person who should be helped takes a completely different direction – escaping into drugs – drugs, alcohol or violence…

A large part of society still considers therapy to be an admission of error, showing weakness, we are still reluctant to take this important step to simply ask for help and change our lives for the better.

List of online therapy:

7 Cups

This free online counseling website provides access to trained volunteers who offer nontherapeutic advice.

  • Price: free for nontherapeutic advice, $150/month for a licensed therapist
  • Insurance: no, but you can contact your provider for potential reimbursement
  • Who it’s best for: teenagers looking for peer-to-peer support


  • free access to volunteer listeners
  • free dedicated chat rooms and community support forums for teens between the ages of 13 and 17
  • on-demand messaging


  • must pay to access professional help
  • does not accept insurance
  • only offers chat-based therapy

Doctor on demand

Doctor on Demand can provide medical mental health management from the comfort of your home.

  • Price: therapy ranges from $129 to $179, initial psychiatrist appointments cost $299, and 15-minute follow-ups are $129
  • Insurance: insurance is accepted by Doctor on Demand, but you’ll have to download the app and input your information to find out if you’re covered
  • Who it’s best for: those seeking medication or psychiatric support


  • accepts insurance
  • offers live video chat
  • physical health services also provided


  • limited treatment options
  • no free trials or subscription discounts
  • consultations are not free


If you’re looking to improve your relationship or marriage, ReGain gives couples and individuals access to therapists and marriage counseling.

  • Price: free 1-week trial, then priced from $60 per week
  • Insurance: no, but you can contact your provider for potential reimbursement
  • Who it’s best for: couples seeking marital or relationship therapy


  • easily adjust your payment plan or cancel your subscription
  • 24/7 messaging available
  • live virtual sessions with your partner and your counselor


  • services are not covered by health insurance
  • matching is done by a computer, not a real person
  • no free trial

Therapy Aid Coalition

Therapy Aid Coalition connects essential workers and their families to support groups and therapists.

This volunteer-based platform works with therapists willing to offer their services pro bono or for a very low cost. When you sign up, you fill out a questionnaire that asks what state you reside in and how much you’re willing to pay for your session, from $0 to $50.

  • Price: free to $50 per session depending on how much you’re able to pay
  • Insurance: not accepted
  • Who it’s best for: families and individuals looking for low cost counseling


  • serves all essential workers, even those who were furloughed
  • also serves essential workers’ adult family members
  • choose your preferred therapist’s gender identification


  • not everyone is eligible for the service
  • can only receive up to four free or low cost sessions

Centre for Interactive Mental Health Solutions

If you don’t feel comfortable committing to a therapist just yet, Bliss offers eight free sessions that you can complete on your own. Bliss teaches you how to monitor your moods, manage situations, and improve your mental health with different techniques.

  • Price: free
  • Insurance: N/A
  • Who it’s best for: those looking for self-guided mental health support


  • lessons are self-guided
  • program is available to anyone with internet access
  • specifically targets depression


  • does not offer any appointments with trained professionals
  • some users may lack the motivation to complete the program logo

If you’re interested in cognitive behavioral therapy, Online-Therapy offers a multi-platform approach. The site provides multiple resources including worksheets, unlimited messaging, an online journal, and a weekly live chat with your therapist, as well as both individual and couples therapy.

  • Price: plans range from $50 to $110/week. There’s also a 20% discount available for your first month
  • Insurance: no, but you can contact your provider for potential reimbursement
  • Who it’s best for: people seeking cognitive behavioral therapy


  • includes an online course on cognitive behavioral therapy
  • unlimited messaging is available with every plan
  • can choose to work with a therapist or work on your own
  • you can work on self-guided worksheets and resources with daily feedback from your therapists


  • doesn’t accept insurance
  • 24/7 support isn’t available
  • therapists are only available Monday through Friday

Mental health problems – data and statistics

The most common problems faced by patients are anxiety, depression and addiction. The most common diagnostic systems are the ICD and DSM, and the most popular form of therapy is individual psychotherapy in private practice.

Women are more willing to use the help of a therapist, similarly, the profession of a psychotherapist is more often chosen by the fair sex.In men, the following are most often diagnosed: antisocial personality (psychopathy), narcissistic, schizoid, while in women, borderline, histrionic and dependent personality.People between the ages of 30 and 40 are the largest group on the therapy couch.

Often one major problem leads to another. Depression leads to addiction problems, which in turn can lead to problems in your personal life.

Psychotherapy around the world

Apparently, the more liberal the country, the more positive the approach to psychotherapy. Citizens of countries where attachment to religion is strong are often reluctant to seek the help of a psychotherapist if necessary – after all, there is confession, putting one’s problems and concerns in the hands of a god, abandoning oneself to fate, entrusting oneself, prayer, and of course there is no nothing wrong, but there are moments when the most ordinary conversation with an outsider, a person who is able to look at us and our problem from a different perspective, can work “miracles”.

Can psychotherapy be trendy?

Fortunately, this is changing for the better. Increasingly, this way of dealing with mental problems is in trend, prestigious and fashionable. Having your own therapist is slowly becoming the norm and, in a way, the standard.

Let’s not forget, however, that therapy has the best results when it is a conscious, independent and voluntary choice.

A person who decides to work with a psychotherapist cannot act under pressure from third parties and must be aware that most of the work will be done by him, not the person sitting on the other side of the desk.

Therapy – change your life for the better

Psychotherapy requires determination. Overcoming the fear of opening up to a complete stranger is difficult, and an honest conversation about your weaknesses and difficulties can sometimes be shocking. Confrontation of the image of oneself with the current image seen through the eyes of a specialist requires courage and a real willingness to change.

It takes great courage to say these few words and admit not only to others, but above all to yourself “I’m not well, I need help”.

When you feel something is wrong

If you feel indifference, fear, lack of any willingness to act, know that you can fight it and change your life for the better. Sometimes we don’t realize that it’s not us that’s wrong. Sometimes it can just be a matter of hormonal imbalance.

It’s worth looking for help, it’s worth improving the comfort of your life, it’s worth talking and if it happens that a good friend asks “hey, how are you?”.. instead of dismissing him with a simple “ok, thanks” … the answer honestly “you know what, I feel that something’s wrong and I need someone to talk to about it.”

First session with a therapist

I remember my first session and here I will completely leave the comfort zone, but approaching the matter quite disrespectfully, I left the therapist’s office completely … broken.

I fell apart, I felt as if I had broken into pieces, but at the same time with the feeling that something better, something more perfect could be glued together from these pieces.. such a 2.0 to me, it aroused my appetite for more.

So many things unprocessed, unworked, undigested…

… and everything affects how we approach the world, how we treat people we meet on a daily basis, what kind of relationship we have with family, partner or friend.

It’s like a mailbox filling up, unread messages pile up and you put off reading them indefinitely. Sometimes you throw such an email into the trash without reading it, but it is still there waiting for a reply.

World Depression Day – what we don’t tell the world

Sometimes we just can’t talk about certain things with the people closest to us because the fear of exposing ourselves is paralyzing. The fear of forever changing the image of ourselves in the eyes of a loved one effectively prevents us from throwing away all our feelings and ills, and I am an excellent example of this.

Fear of rejection, ridicule, trivialization and minimization of the problem – these are common reasons for not communicating your problems with people around you.

On February 23, we celebrate the world day against depression, and today I wish you, too, that we realize that sometimes it is bad, sometimes you don’t want to, sometimes you lack strength, motivation, but there is always a way out. I wish you and me that when it’s bad, you have enough balls to say it out loud and reach out for help.

I wish you and me that after entering your mailbox, the message “no unread messages” will be displayed.

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