A Guide to find the best Online Mental Health Therapist for you.
Updated: Jul 28
We all have worries, thoughts of uneasiness, things will not always go our way and at times, life becomes extremely heavy to carry, to the point where all we think about are, problems. When thoughts of unhappiness become constant, some do spiral down to a state of deep depression, if left unaddressed.
But it isn’t that normal, though, to worry, to feel anxious, to be unhappy? Sure, we all go through stages of wellness, happiness and then something happens which throws us into an abyss of a dark episode in our lives that most would overcome, but what happens when sadness never leaves us and we just do not know where to begin sorting our problems so we can be happy again?
I suppose it is normal to worry, After all, if we care about something or someone and if we feel like some things are not right, worrying would then be normal. However, what happens when all we do is worry, so worried that we do not know where to begin when it comes to trying to sort out our uneasiness, our problems, and then bottling it up inside becomes sort of like a non-negotiable option because even we do not know exactly what or where to begin in sorting out our unhappiness, uneasiness and our withdrawal from everyone. When this happens, where do we find help? How do we choose the mental health support that we direly need so that we can begin to sort out the cause and root of our anxiety? After all, when unhappiness becomes a habit, it begins to affect our relationships and that is through withdrawal.
Here are the common signs that we need to watch out for:
Unstoppable worrying, constant.
Confusion and the inability to learn.
Extreme changes in mood, uncontrollable highs and sudden lows.
Irritability or anger for no apparent reason.
Withdrawal from relatives and friends, the desire to constantly wanting to be alone.
Erratic sleeping patterns.
Increase of hunger or the extreme opposite, lack of appetite that goes on for days.
Delusional or experiences hallucinations.
Unexplainable shifts from happiness to severe sadness throughout the day.
Physical manifestations of illness, ranging from headaches to body pains.
Suicidal thoughts or mention of self-harm.
Routine daily activities seem to cease or lose its purpose for the person.
Drastic changes in school or work performance.
Hyperactivity, aggression or unusual disobedience.
Ultimately, it is best that we must be well informed so that regardless of the problems that life may throw at us, we know that we will be able to manage. But if we can’t, it is equally important that we seek help. One avenue that is increasingly available is online mental health support.
It isn’t always easy to differentiate expected daily behaviours from signs or manifestation of mental health instability. Changes in one’s mannerism, actions, language and behavioural pattern, these can be good indicators. Each mental illness does have its own signs and symptoms, but in general, any changes that may raise a red flag, diverting from the usual, the patterned acts of a person, is good enough to identify imbalances.
Once we determine that we are indeed bothered, and if we find that we cannot sort the problem out alone, the next step would be to find the best telepsychiatry or telepsychology service that is available out there. This is if we were to look for online mental health support. Perhaps, we just need counselling, someone to talk to, someone who is outside of our circle and family, someone who we know will give us the best “outside-looking-in” type of professional assessment. If that is the case, then a telepsychologist can definitely be our go-to person. However, if we deem that the problem is just too deep and we may need to slow down our thoughts, simmer down our emotions, perhaps we may need something to calm us (and there is nothing wrong with getting this type of help) then we may need to see a telepsychiatrist. A telepsychiatrist can diagnose our status and can provide options, medicines, that can help us get a hold of our thoughts, anxiety and mental stresses that births into impulsive physical behaviour. Either way, both can provide the online mental health supports we need to stabilize our feelings, our thoughts and our frame of mind.
When seeking for a online mental health provider, suggestions from friends and family may be of value. However, nothing beats your own research. Research on what kind of help is available. When in search of or when seeking for the best mental health care plan that is available out there for you, take into consideration education, training, years in practice, availability, location and also check whether they are an eligible telehealth medicare provider. Ask questions before you commit to any type of online mental health care plan. And remember that there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be happy again.
Life, with all of its ups and downs, can be a bit turbulent at times. If the turbulence seems to not cease then we must be able to muster the strength and tell ourselves, “I need professional help because I am tired of being unhappy. I do not know what to do. I want to start over but I do not know where to begin.”