Resources for finding depression help online.
Just like anxiety, there are also resources for depression help online. Some of them deal with both anxiety and depression, as these two tend to go hand in hand.
But there are also some great sites that are focused just on the topic of depression. Depression can be an illness on its own, with no other mental health symptoms, but a lot of times it tends to be a symptom of another mental illness.
The first step in knowing where to go to seek help, advice or counseling is knowing what type of depression you’re dealing with.
There are some helpful Q & A screening tools that can give you an idea of what your symptoms are, and how severely they’re affecting your day to day life.
These are not tools for making a diagnosis; rather they’re there to give you an idea of the severity of your depression symptoms. That way, when you seek counseling support, you’ll be able to better describe your symptoms.
I’ve put together a list of some great depression help online resources. This way, instead of scrolling through tons of results, these will take you to what you’re looking for. Without all the hassle.
(I mean, when you don’t even want to get out of bed, you most definitely want to waste what energy you do have searching in frustration for the right information. Amirite?)
Depression Help Online – Resources & Info. –
- Health and wellness hotlines for teens – teenhealthandwellness.com provides a list of hotlines, help lines, and information lines for a number of topics – not just depression.
- Depression forums – psychcentral.com has tons of forum topics that cover several different types of depression, including dysthymia. They also have information on different types of conditions, blogs, quizzes and more.
- Finding a local therapist – psychologytoday.com provides you with help in locating the right person to help you, depending on your needs. Find detailed info on therapists anywhere in the U.S., as well as Canada.
- Peer to peer online chat – iprevail.com has a free peer to peer online chat, allowing you to connect with others that understand, because they have been through it themselves. They also offer online therapy programs too.
- Free online therapy – betterhelp.com offers free online counseling services for a variety of mental health disorders.
- Self-help information – mind.org.uk has some great advice on ways you can help fight your depression. There are some pretty cool and awesomely empowering tips and advice.
Other available resources for finding depression help online –
- Depression action plans – everydayhealth.com goes over some great strategies to practice regularly to help with depression symptoms.
- Natural non-drug remedies for depression – health.com goes over a list of several different ways to treat your depression symptoms naturally. These are actually some great things to try, even if you are being treated with medication.
- Tips for coping with depression – These tips from helpguide.org are really helpful, and they’re practical and easy to do. They even have tips within tips. Ha!
There are so many different resources available for depression help online, from finding counseling services, to self help and tips to manage symptoms.
Utilizing some of the additional resources I provided along with counseling can make a huge difference in the quality of your day to day life.
I’m always trying to learn more about depression and ways to help with symptoms. One thing that I’ve just started learning about, and have actually been trying out, is meditating.
I have honestly been shocked at how it enables me to relax, and quiet my mind. I’m loving it so far. If you think this is something for you, check into it.
YouTube has some videos on meditation for beginners, I totally recommend checking them out!
I also came across a great article, Meditation 101 – it provides everything you need to know about meditation, and is perfect for those of you who are just starting out!
I found this awesome video that talks about how mindfulness meditation helps with both anxiety and depression. I hope you’ll take the time to watch it, I truly believe mindfulness is key.
“What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desires, you can achieve.” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Finding a counselor near you –
If you’re looking to find counseling services in your area, here are some great places to start. Some of these can even help match you with a counselor or therapist that fits your personal needs.
If you’re on a budget, or don’t have insurance, there are some sites that can help you find free or discounted counseling services as well. Here are just a few to help you get started:
With the amount of resources, information and tools you can find for depression help online, there’s no need to suffer with your symptoms. You don’t have to try and fight depression alone.
I used to think I could manage my symptoms on my own. I thought I had it all under control. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that I was not in control at all.
This is part of the reason I created this blog. I want to help others, I want you to know that you are not alone. You don’t have to fight this alone.
And you can overcome this. You’ve got this. All you have to do is reach out. It does require effort on your part, there is no magic button you can press to make it all go away.
But if you’re willing to put in the work, I think you’d be surprised at what you’ll be able to accomplish!
If you’d like to join me in my journey, go to my homepage at Jessisamess.com and check out my blog posts. I share my own personal thoughts and feelings about anxiety, depression, ADD and mental health.
I also have discussion forums on different topics if you have a question, or just need to chat.
I can relate to both sides of this unfortunate coin, as I am both a sufferer, and I know what it’s like to live with someone with these disorders (and then some).
Always remember – you are not alone. You don’t have to struggle alone.