Client experiences

Female, 35 years, 2 children, married

For 4 months I had been feeling bad. I began to fret more and more and I slept poorly. Lying awake at night a lot and having less and less energy.
When I went to the family doctor for the 3rd time she said : “maybe you have a depression…”. But at the mental health institutions in my area they did have waiting lists of 6 months or longer. Well, I was horrified to hear that.

I then started searching on Google myself and that’s when I came across GGZonline. I sent a short message through the website and was called after a day. I got my intake interview after only 1 week. I am now 3 months with the treatment better and everything is going much better…!

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Female 56 years, single, 1 child

I am sometimes very anxious. Of all kinds of unclear things. Then I wake up early and I feel this knot in my stomach…as if a big stone is pressing on it…..I have become increasingly nervous because of this. Loud noises, crowds, everything quickly becomes too much for me. But especially that fear. I went to see the psychologist who works in my family doctor’s practice a few times. She said I have an anxiety disorder and that I should be referred to the Specialized Mental Health Care. Unfortunately, it was January and I could only come to the 1st interview in May…. I didn’t want that. I started looking on the internet and that’s when I came across GGZonline. On the website it says they have no waiting lists. And indeed, I registered and could start treatment after 1.5 weeks. The treatments are online, so I don’t have to travel and I’m just in my own familiar surroundings. I had a very nice and personal contact with my online psychologist. After 3 months I finished the treatment. I am doing fine now….!

Male, 26 years old, studying, single

I am in the final year of my studies in International Business. Pretty tough that last year. But especially the last 2 years have been very tough. Because of that Corona, all sorts of things stopped happening. You see fewer and fewer people. And the combination of stress and tension with that loneliness killed me. Eventually, my thoughts became increasingly gloomy, I slept worse and worse, and I was tired all day. The whole rhythm you should normally have was gone. My thoughts grew darker and more hopeless. The family doctor wanted me to be treated at the mental health center in our area, but they have a long waiting list. I wanted to be helped quickly, because otherwise I saw my graduation in jeopardy. A friend of mine had seen on the Internet that at GGZonline there was no waiting list. Fortunately, I was able to start quickly. The online psychologist understood well what my problem was. I have been in treatment for over 2 months now and my therapist at GGZonline says I can complete treatment next month. I am totally going to graduate this year…!

Male, 41, married, 2 children.
I became quite ill with Covid-19 a year ago. Spent 9 days in the hospital. Fortunately not in intensive care but I did get oxygen. After that, I kept having unclear symptoms. Before I got sick I had a lot of stress but now I also had a lot of anxiety. It started to get worse and worse. I have been to the psychologist at our medical center(POH) about 6 times and she decided to ask the GP to refer me to the GGZ for treatment of anxiety disorder. 4.5 months on the waiting list, I had to take that into account, the family doctor said. Then I started searching on my own and found GGZonline. Fortunately, GGZonline has no waiting list! They do all the treatments online. I thought that would be easy. No travel etc. I could come for an interview after only 1.5 weeks (online) and the treatment started immediately. The total treatment lasted 3.5 months and I have recovered quite a bit. The psychologist also used EMDR and as a result my anxiety disappeared very quickly.

Female, 62, married
I still work as an English teacher. A very nice job, but tough.
My husband stopped working last year but I still have to keep going until I’m 67
When my mother passed away from Corona last fall, my world collapsed. She had always been my great support. Then things started to get worse and worse for me. And I wasn’t sleeping anymore, I was losing as much as 12 pounds and my mind was spinning in circles. I thought badly of myself and badly of the future. Then it all seems unsolvable. I then started searching on google because I thought I was depressed and I wanted information about that. I came across the GGZonline website. I asked the family doctor for a referral and was able to start quickly. The treatments were online and I was able to combine that well with the times I am in front of the class. My treatment lasted 5 months , I feel completely well again and I did not have to call in sick at school. That was kind of important to me because I teach the HAVO exam class.