You can do get just about anything online now from food to books, clothing to medicine, jobs to education. And now you can get mental help online as well. This may seem strange to you, but it has been around for over a decade and it has become increasingly popular with everyone from therapists to their patients. Just like anything else, there are pros and cons to online therapy but with this, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. According to Portfolio.hu, 10.5% of the adult population in Hungary have experienced some form of depression and about 18% have been affected by some type of anxiety disorder.
Lack of Treatment
Many of these individuals will not seek help for various reasons such as lack of mental health care, financial troubles, stigma, fear, or lack of transportation.
One of the most frequently encountered issues is stigma or fear. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders find it difficult to talk to strangers or even go out in public and those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or social anxiety disorder can experience a panic attack just thinking about it. But with online therapy, you do not have to go out in public or speak to anyone face to face about your feelings or emotions. You can communicate through text, email, online chat, telephone, or teleconference. This makes it easier for those who suffer from anxiety issues to get the help they need.
Too Depressed to Go
Individuals with depression often make appointments and do not follow through with them due to their overwhelming depression. Chronic fatigue, lack of motivation, and fear can all play a part in those with depression not getting the treatment they need. One of the main symptoms of depression is extreme fatigue and some days it may be a struggle just to get out of bed, let alone making it to the therapist’s office. For those patients, being able to communicate with a therapist online when needed, anytime of the day or night can be a life saver.
No Insurance? No Problem
For those who do not have mental health insurance or are afraid of the stigma of getting mental health care treatment, getting mental health care online is a much better option.
The cost of traditional face-to-face therapy can be from $200 to $500 per hour while online therapy with BetterHelp.com is only about $40 to $70 per week. Because online therapists do not have to pay for an office or any of the costs that come with running an office, they are able to pass that savings on to their patients. That is a huge savings and much easier to handle when you do not have insurance or do not want a therapist’s billing to show up on your work’s insurance. You can also remain anonymous with online therapy, with no need to give your name to anyone.
Easy and Convenient
Another great benefit of online therapy is the fact that you do not have to worry about transportation.
This is great for those who do not have a vehicle, do not have access to public transportation, or live in a remote area. It is also beneficial to those who are physically challenged and cannot get around easily. And for those who have small children, you do not even need to find a sitter because you do not have to leave the house to talk to your therapist. No appointment needed means you can talk to them anytime of day or night, any day of the week. This is a big plus for anyone with odd sleeping hours or who cannot sleep. Whatever your reason, online therapy is an excellent substitution for traditional therapy no matter who or where you are.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.[/author_info] [/author]
Source: by Marie Miguel