Improve Yourself, Physically And Mentally

The only way for you to improve on yourself, both mentally and physically, is to make changes in your life. What are these changes? You need to do the things that you don’t usually do. For others, it can be positive thinking, socializing, learning about arts, or going to therapy. On that note, you can also follow these things:…

Why Your Family’s Mental Health Matters

We live in the comfort of our homes with our family. They have always been there for us from as early as we were born. However, for some of us, this may not be the case. After all, a family is not limited to having a father or a mother. It is sometimes extended out to our relatives or to someone who has adopted us. Such a presence in our life can have lifelong effects in the future. Have you always wondered how your family’s mental health could affect you? Here are four ways how.…

Acceptance: Moving On From A Break Up Is The Only Way To Heal Yourself

We were supposed to be staying together, forever. That was the plan. Actually, it was our promise to each other. He was going to be faithful and loyal to me and me with him. Twenty years ago, we made that pact in front of our family, friends, and loved ones. God himself blessed this pact we made. We were wed, and it was the happiest day of my life. I didn’t know that it would change and or that he would break his promise.…

What Are Therapy Anxieties And How To Overcome Them?

 

 

Asking someone to go to therapy will, more often than not, yield an outcome wherein the involved would go on full force defensive mode, immediately denying that there’s something wrong with his or her current disposition. There is a reason a person would vehemently renounce any suggestion that would lead to getting an appointment with a therapist. And that can be referred to as therapy anxieties.…

Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Anxiety

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychotherapy treatment used to treat issues such as sleeping disorders, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, and etc. It is a short term treatment, which is goal-oriented and involves a practical approach. People’s behavior and patterns of thinking, that may be causing problems for the them, are sought to be changed so that it may result in a subsequent change in the way the individuals feel. It takes into account the beliefs, ideas and thoughts that determine the behavior and attitude of the concerned individuals and how these affect the way in which the individual reacts emotionally.…

Online Mental Health Chat Rooms

 

Maybe you are the type of person who is more comfortable communicating online than in person. Probably, you don’t like to sit face-to-face with someone.  Moreover, you are better with the written word than the spoken word.  Lastly, your schedule doesn’t have room for a therapist or group therapy appointment during traditional office hours. Chat rooms have gotten more secure and have safeguards in place to protect the participants.  If you need a depression chat room, that is one of the many types of mental health chat rooms available.

SAFETY TIPS

*Never say anything in a chat room that you don’t want the public to know, including your full name, your address, your phone number, your email address, etc.

*Don’t share social media accounts.

*Refrain from posting or sending a photo of yourself to anyone.

*Don’t open any attachments that are sent or posted.

*Never meet up in person on your own.

*Use only secured chat rooms.

FINDING THE BEST CHAT ROOM

You can Google or research mental health chat rooms online.  There are a plethora of sites to choose from. Just like with a therapist, you need to find one that fits your needs and comfort level.  Visiting several sites first will give you a good idea of what is out there. Each of them may offer something a little different.  Only choose one that you connect with and that you feel will give you the most support.

You may even ask your primary care provider or therapist if they know of any reputable, compassionate chat rooms.  If they don’t have any references, check your health insurance website because they may very well sponsor their own health chat rooms.

Fortunately, many mental health chat rooms are presented by reputable companies or health care professionals. It definitely can be a safe place to discuss specific issues you may be having.  Most mental health chat rooms are broken down into very specific needs. You know that going into the specific chat room will have everyone on the same page.  If you are someone who feels uncomfortable talking about your issues face-to-face, this option may be a better alternative until you feel more comfortable communicating vulnerabilities.

When going online to find a chat room, you will notice that the landing page for the various chat rooms will have a disclaimer and a code of conduct for the chat room.  You will need to click on the “yes I understand the rules and guidelines of this chat room” box.  We all hope that all chat room attendees are coming from a place of support and kindness and that they are there to help and get help.

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

If you feel that you may want to hurt yourself or others, DO NOT go to a chat room. Call an emergency number, a close, trustworthy friend or family member.  If you feel that the chat room is not serving its purpose, you can also consult your primary care physician or a therapist.  The disclaimer on most/all of the chat rooms specify that the information in the chat rooms is not medical advice and should not be used as such.  If you are looking for a forum to get ideas or support, chat rooms are great.  However, they should not be used in place of professional mental health support.

Although moderators can kick out chatters who are being inappropriate, you may feel the need to report about the person, especially if they try to contact you outside the chat room, ask to meet, etc.  Cyber Tipline is a place where you can make that report.…

Is Group Therapy Right For Me

 

So you feel that therapy would be a good idea because you have been having some issues that you can’t quite solve on your own.  However, there are so many types of therapy out there. How do you decide which one is right for you?  Group therapy, where you meet in a group with others who have similar needs, is an option.   Are you ready to be vulnerable in front of others?  Are you willing to have a stranger’s chat, offline or online? Read on what Betterhelp has got to say on this and let’s see what group therapy is all about.…