Mental health is a serious problem prevailing in India with approx. 200 million people affected every year. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders. Depression is typically characterized by low energy and mood, low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. It causes unnecessary suffering and severe depression can be a risk factor for suicide.
Anxiety may be a normal reaction to stress, and it can serve as a prompt to deal with difficult situations. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, it is known as an anxiety disorder. It is characterized by emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms that create an unpleasant feeling that is typically described as uneasiness, fear, or worry. These symptoms may be severe enough to constitute an anxiety attack (also known as a panic attack).
Mental health counseling is one of the key therapy for depression and anxiety. The kind of lifestyle adapted nowadays does not allow you time for yourself. Living with depression or anxiety can feel overwhelming at times. Working with a mental health expert in a therapeutic relationship provides you with a safe environment to identify the thoughts, feelings, and patterns of behavior that are contributing to your symptoms. The popularity of online therapy has increased in the last few years as more people are seeking help but often feel more comfortable doing it.
Counseling can also help you learn new coping skills and techniques to better manage the symptoms. When it comes to counseling, the relationship between patient and counselor is key to the success of the therapy. It’s important to be patient and open to the process. Many NGOs, foundations, and others are providing free mental health counseling online nowadays.
If you feel depressed, lonely or anxious, it is extremely important to seek help for yourself. Do your research online and look for the best options that suit you.