Depression is perhaps the most well-known mood disorder, maybe because it effects so many Americans or maybe because it is the easiest mood disorder to understand. Treatments have been investigated and there are a series of medications offering treatment. However, a new type of therapy for depression has been innovated, one that may help even more individuals struggling with depression who might not have received treatment otherwise.
One of the most essential elements of a treatment for depression is ensuring the individual does not feel alone. Because depression so strongly effects an individual’s sense of worth and ability to care of themselves, it has always been considered a core part of treatment to meet with a professional. However, this treatment for depression is not available to everyone. For example, some individuals with depression are too deeply effected by their mood disorder to leave their home, making attending a therapy session unrealistic.
“Distance Therapy” is a new type of therapy in which individuals, such as those with depression, can talk to a therapist online rather than in person. This type of therapy carries some extensive benefits for those who are depressed; not only does distance therapy make therapy more accessible, but it provides documentation of significant discoveries, ideas and progress. Therefore, distance therapy can immortalize a therapy session, allowing a depressed person more opportunity to digest what has happened in a therapy session and tangible evidence of improvement (something a depressed individual may negate due to their condition).
Another reason some individuals do not attend therapy or receive treatment is due to monetary restrictions, restrictions which might be a cause for an individual’s depression in the first place! However, because distance therapy does not require a professional to travel from their home (or even get dressed) it is a treatment than is cheaper than regular therapy. Therefore, while some may insist physically present therapy carries a series of benefits that distance therapy may not, distance therapy is a breakthrough type of treatment which may treat and cure depression, along with providing documentation of the individual’s progress and at a lower fiscal rate. Distance therapy is nothing to be depressed about!
Epstein, Robert. “Distance Therapy Comes of Age: Scientific American.” Science News, Articles and Information | Scientific American. Scientific American, 2011. Web. 16 June 2011. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=distance-therapy-comes-of-age.