Medically reviewed by Daiana, Psychologist

Online Therapy for Depression

Your alarm goes off and you roll over to turn it off, staring blearily eyed at the digital numbers as the clock ticks, ticks, ticks. It’s another day and you have to get up. You know you have to, but the thought of getting up, putting on clothes, interacting with other people, and dealing with the everyday nuances that come with living seems like it’ll take an insurmountable level of energy. Why am I so weak? You might think. Or It doesn’t matter anyway. With those thoughts ringing in your head, maybe you turn back over and curl up. Or maybe you get up, plaster on a smile and try to get through yet another day.
Depression has been called the common cold of mental health for how it affects nearly 280 million in the world (WHO, 2021) . But that does not mean it is any less exhausting, disheartening, and terrible to live with.
Depression is a mental illness that can range from mild to extreme. Whatever your story is- know that you are strong, you are worthy, and you will get through this. Depression feeds us lies about our worth and capabilities. It can also make us feel incapacitated by the weight of everything around us- the things to do, the people to please, the dreams gone unanswered. Depression makes everything feel too much.
If you’re feeling the pressure of depression, you are not alone. Fitcy Health has online therapists specialized in treating depression in a way that works for you. Many people describe depression as a dark hole that sucks you in and keeps you from escaping. If you find yourself in this position, there is hope. Depression is curable. You are stronger than your current circumstances. Together, we can get you out of depression and into a future you’re excited to wake up to.

Do I Have Depression?

Depression is a wide-spread mental illness that looks differently in everyone. The only way to truly know if you have depression is to get diagnosed by a professional therapist. (Fitcy Health has online therapists who are able to give diagnosis. Interested? Click here)
But there are some common symptoms. If you recognize one more of these depression symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it is worth reaching out to a clinical psychologist:
  • Low energy
  • Poor concentration
  • Loss of interest in previous enjoyable activities
  • Isolating oneself, or choosing not to engage in social activities
  • Irritability
  • Changes in eat and sleep patterns
  • Thoughts of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation
In the midst of depression, many people ask, “Will depression ever go away?” The answer is two-fold. While chronic depression in its severe form is unlikely to be fully treatable, depression can be treated; its symptoms can be alleviated. In other words, while depression cannot be “cured” remission is the goal. Depression specialists at Fitcy Health can give you the tools and support you need to overcome depression and live a happy, fulfilling life.
Online counseling at Fitcy Health is always client-centered and individualized. This means that we understand every person has unique circumstances, ways of thinking, and goals. Therapy is a scientific approach to addressing mental illness, but the focus of a depression therapy session should be you. By letting your goals, problems, and doubts lead our therapy sessions we can teach you how to apply therapy outside of the session, leading to a quicker and stronger recovery.

Our Top 4 At-Home Depression Coping Mechanisms:

We understand that while therapy is great, it can’t be there all the time. For those moments and days when your psychologist isn’t within reach but you’re still feeling the strain of depression, try these coping mechanisms to ease the pressure:
  1. Social Support

Depression can tell us the lie that we are all alone, but this is not true! We are surrounded by friends and/or family who love us. If you are struggling, be honest with the people in your life and ask for their support. Maybe it’s just them dropping off a meal, watching a movie together, or having someone to rant to after a particularly draining day.

  1. Set healthy boundaries

When you’re depressed, your energy will already be low. As you’re working on recovery, it’s important to set healthy boundaries. Practice saying ‘no’ – no to extra shifts at work, no to toxic friends, no to activities that don’t spark joy and passion.

  1. Practice good stress management

Stress is all around us and can be a factor in why depression surfaced in the first place. Practicing stress management will help you feel in control, powerful, and of course, less stressed!

  1. Build healthy habits

Depression can lead to an upset eating, sleeping, and exercise routine. It can be hard to be healthy when you feel like you’re barely dragging yourself through the day. But eating, sleeping, and exercise are the foundation of healthy life. If you focus on building healthy habits there, the benefits will trickle down into your emotional and mental life. (Want help building healthy habits? Fitcy Health has certified nutrition and fitness experts, check them out here!)

As always, don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your online therapist to talk about what you’ve been going through. They can provide a great outside perspective, give you more tools to use in the future, and help you work through hard thoughts and emotions through a technique called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is the practice of identifying negative, irrational thought patterns and beliefs, and replacing them with true, rational, flexible types of thinking. Depression is a disease of the mind, once we challenge our dysfunctional thinking patterns, our emotions and behaviors will also be influenced. CBT is best practiced with a professional therapist.

Depression is something no one should go through alone. It is an exhausting, isolating experience. But remember that there is always help. Depression is treatable through therapy. To get relief today and set yourself on the path of health and healing, contact Fitcy Health for an online depression therapy appointment. The first consultation is free! Our therapists are excited to meet you.
Medically reviewed by Daiana, Psychologist

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