The ABCs of Online Therapy for Depression

February 20, 2017
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ABCs of Depression

Aching heads and hearts only begin a long alphabetical list of symptoms for depression. The list goes all the way “Zits are ruining my social life and self-esteem.” You can certainly fill all the spaces in-between. Normal humans can. Now you can benefit from A-Z options for online therapy to heal those problems (and/or your headaches and heartaches), too!

American version of Beating the Blues is a source of tools and people for improving your wellbeing.

Dr Judith Orloff is a psychiatrist whose practice is based on the benefits of intuitive healing. Here’s a sample of her blog, 4 Positive Beliefs that Promote Healing.

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Dr Lisa Rankin’s wildly popular blog lifts people out of negative moods almost daily. Check out this post.

MoodGYM is the result of Australian psychologists who actually help many clients. Beware of imposter sites, though. Imitation is a form of flattery, but there’s no need to let it hurt you. can help you to separate physical facts from depression symptoms.

TEDTalks often lift down-spirited viewers. This one by Shane Koyczan: “To This Day” for the bullied and beautiful is a good example of the phenomenon.

Be sure to click on the “About” link of any site you wish to use. Inform yourself of what is being offered, and what’s not.

As the awareness of depression plus the disabling impact on people with it grows throughout society, Americans can smile with the news that Regulations Broaden Who’s Covered Under ADA.

A few caveats are in order, to keep you functioning at optimal levels while you seek online therapy for depression: Check your health with competent doctors as you work on improving your emotional stability. Thyroid problems, the hormonal shifts of 40-and over people, major life events such as marriage, divorce, birth, moving and job changes (especially unemployment and the poverty it can cause), diabetic glucose fluctuations and other health issues might be causing your sadness. Addictions to drink and drugs, poor nutrition, insufficient sleep night after night and even some medications and chronic diseases can complicate emotional realities, too. Doctors are also aware that 1 in 3 Former ICU Patients Shows Symptoms of Depression.

Physical problems can cause mood changes for short and long periods of time. Be sure to rule out those problems with appropriate care and awareness. Then you can better manage actual depression if it exists.

As you access websites to minimize and to end your depression, limit your time online with other endeavors. Why? Millennials Who Use More Social Media Sites Have Higher Depression, Anxiety. Invest in a library card and read some inspirational books. Buys some and borrow others from acquaintances. Spend time outdoors to let nature lift your spirits. And put more face time into your relationships. That agenda holds lots of healing potential.

Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts a healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.