How can I follow online therapy for depression symptoms?

How can I follow online therapy for depression symptoms?

Most people experience somber feelings from time to time or feel a bit down for a while. These feelings are very normal and in most cases will go away by themselves. However, when you are struggling with depression, the gloomy mood can persist for a long time if left untreated. Below we will discuss how you can recognize depressive symptoms and how our online therapy can help you. .

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that involves prolonged feelings of gloom. People often lose interest in things they used to derive great pleasure from. You may also feel tired, restless and worthless. If these feelings persist for more than two weeks, it is important that you take action.

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the Netherlands. Just under 1 in 5 adults (ages 18 to 64) will experience depression at some point in their lives. Anyone can get it from young to old, but it is more common in women than in men.

How do I recognize depressive symptoms?

It is often difficult to properly recognize depressive symptoms. Everyone goes through a difficult period in their life where they may have to deal with somber and negative feelings.

However, there are clear indications of certain symptoms when it comes to depression. There is a handbook, the DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), which helps classify mental disorders. It is a psychiatric classification system used by psychiatrists to find out if depression is present, among other things.

According to this handbook, you suffer from depression when you always suffer from a gloomy mood and a reduction in interest and/or pleasure. In addition, you experience at least five of the following symptoms:

    • Weight change, loss of appetite or just eating a lot;
    • Sleeping poorly, insomnia or just sleeping a lot;
    • an extremely restless feeling, difficulty sitting still;
    • Listless, sluggish and tired, lack of energy;
    • irritable;
    • The feeling of being worth nothing or feeling guilty;
    • difficulty concentrating, thinking and making decisions;
    • a lot of brooding;
    • low libido;
    • often think about death and suicide.
Recognizing Depressive Symptoms
Emergence of Depression

How does depression develop?

Depression can have several causes. Depression has a hereditary factor. This means than some people are more predisposed to developing depression than others. Other examples of causes that could underlie depression include: a (traumatic) event in childhood, hormonal fluctuation(s) or the absence of (sun) light in winter (seasonal depression).

Possible consequences of untreated depression

Leaving depression untreated can have a major impact on your daily life. Often people can no longer fully perform their jobs. Family care can also be too much for someone with depression. The social life of someone with depression will also tend to deteriorate tremendously in the process.

In addition to these effects on daily life, there are also effects on your physical health. In fact, you may experience symptoms that have a consequence on your actions. Examples of symptoms include sleep problems, loss of energy, restlessness, change in appetite, no desire for intimacy, difficulty concentrating, feelings of anxiety, gloom, etc. In addition, people with depression also have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

At GGZonline, we offer specialty mental health services.

Online therapy at GGZonline

At GGZonline, we offer specialty mental health services. We treat clients with psyschical conditions such as depression or anxiety disorder. Our therapy session will be according to the latest innovations such as secure image calling, e-learning and e-health.

Because we work online, we have no waiting lists so you can be dealt with quickly. This is a great advantage compared to the long waiting lists that currently exist for practices. In addition, it saves you a lot of (travel) time by following the treatment online. In addition, clients report that the online therapy sessions help tremendously for a clear structure. Because it’s online, you can schedule an appointment with one of our psychologists more often, which means you’ll be better guided in your journey.

Contact GGZ online

If you recognize symptoms and would like to talk about them with a professional, do not wait any longer and schedule your appointment at GGZonline. We are happy to offer you the help you need, so that you can receive timely treatment tailored to your needs.

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