I was diagnosed with depression a few months ago. Antidepressants were not an option for me – I had to find a different way. And then I discovered this one thing that changed everything.
I was afraid that hearing a diagnosis would confirm that something was really wrong with me, and that I didn’t have the power to fix it. So I put up my defenses, even though I KNEW it was mostly out of fear-based denial.
If you are reading this, you probably know how I felt. I tried my best to fight these feelings of not being good enough, not knowing how to fix this, and… having no hope I ever will.
My family helped all they could. My husband even took a few days off to bring me to the coast. But the more everyone tried, the worse I felt.
They just couldn’t understand how deep and dark my emotions were.
I had a loving husband, two kids, and plenty of friends. Yet, I felt so lonely and isolated.
It’s like all the joy in my life has been robbed from me.
All my energy went into getting out of that damn bed and sitting upright in the morning. Whatever I tried to do seemed too much to bear. I felt like I just couldn’t move forward.
I couldn’t live like this anymore so I finally made a phone call to set up an appointment.
In the end, it all turned out much worse than I expected.
I was prescribed antidepressants.
Where do I even begin…?
In the first two weeks, I was dealing with severe nausea. I couldn’t eat anything. Eventually, it passed, but I had lost my appetite.
My sleep had also changed. I’d finally doze off at 4 AM but then vivid and extremely disturbing nightmares would plague my sleep.
And the funniest part was that my overall mood did not improve. Maybe I had fewer negative thoughts, but I was constantly dizzy, irritable, and eventually had lost interest in sex.
I felt like I was stuck in this huge grey cloud, hovering over me day in and day out.
I felt numb and empty.
And then this one thought struck me: why should I choose between my appetite, libido, sleep, and my mental health?
This bargain just wasn’t good enough for me. I had to do something about it.
So I did my research and found out that there is another type of treatment that can bring promising results without ANY side effects.
Here’s how I went from utterly depressed and unmotivated to thriving and happy
While doing my research, I stumbled upon this online therapy app that I can now confidently say brought me back to life.
Why an app and not traditional therapy?
I can’t say anything bad about going to see a psychologist every Thursday. After all, you have much better chances to recover when a professional is by your side (believe me, I’ve been through this myself). Therapy also has much lower relapse rates than antidepressants.
But let me be frank – one therapy session costs around $90 in my city. And it’s just one session that lasts for 40 minutes.
You typically have 4 sessions in a month. And I just didn’t feel like that would be enough – not to mention the time it’d actually take me to go back and forth.
But with therapy apps, it’s completely different.
Most therapy apps that I’ve seen offer unlimited texting with a therapist. You can write to them ANYTIME you want, even if it’s in the middle of the night.
Their prices are also much lower.
But you should choose wisely. Trust me, I know better now.
For my first shot, I was very naive and went for one of those popular providers called Talkspace. And guess what? I was just one little fish in an endless ocean of mental health problems.
They assigned me to a therapist only after a week. And even then, I had problems with communication.
I paid extra for a live session, booked the time, but didn’t have a chance to talk to me therapist because apparently, it was booked on her day off.
I changed my therapist, but the situation didn’t really improve. Same short and generic messages.
On top of that, these responses were slow. I didn’t expect an answer in a few minutes, but I’d send a message in the morning and get an answer only the next day!
I felt that no one there had time to care for me.
But I didn’t give up on the idea of online therapy.
And then I found DoMental.
For the first time – in a very long time – I started feeling more like my old self and began celebrating life
Imagine someone who not only cares for you but also knows how to help. A person who not only listens but gives you answers. The answers you were looking for this whole time.
A person who has the power to guide you out of depression. And does this every single day.
That’s how everyone imagines their perfect therapist.
And this is what I got after starting with DoMental.
I filled in a short depression assessment. They ask you a few questions about yourself, your emotional state, sleep patterns, and other things.
These questions help them understand which therapist will be the best for you. The quiz is short and straight to the point. One of the questions was: “have you been feeling guilty recently?” Yup, that was me.
After an hour, I got a message from Jane.
We clicked immediately. Jane was able to give me this warm feeling of acceptance. After all this time, I’ve finally felt understood. And heard. Without any judgment, expectations, or pressure. She made me understand that my emotions and actions were valid.
We talk every day. I write her long detailed messages. The messages I wouldn’t read myself. But she reads them all. Carefully. And responds with something that helps me overcome the challenges of that day.
Sometimes she supports me. Sometimes she gives feedback. And other times, Jane teaches me something new. She showed me how to find motivation when the world seems so heavy that all I want is to curl up on my bed and shut it out. Now she teaches me what to do when I start to curse myself for trivial things.
And every day, I feel more like myself. I’ve started to enjoy sunlight in the yard. I even found the motivation to make the homemade lasagna my family loves so much.
I finally feel free.
At the beginning of my depression, I felt like there was nothing I could do, that no matter how much I’ll try or how many sessions I’ll take, there will be little or no improvement.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The life I’m living now is even better than the one before my issues, because I’ve been on the other side. The dark side.
And I’m coming out to the light.
And the best part of it is that I don’t have to sacrifice anything for this gift.
I no longer have nightmares. There’s no sickness or any other nasty side effects that I’ve had to battle with antidepressants.
Every evening, I spend around 15 minutes in therapy. But if you need more time, you will get it, because the therapist is always there.
It costs like two cups of coffee a day.
And you’re not risking anything, because you can change your therapist if something doesn’t click with the first one – completely for free.
I wouldn’t give up this connection for ANYTHING.
That’s the story of me finding a way out of depression.
If you are struggling with these feelings, you probably know how hard and unlikely it is to overcome them alone.
I know it can be scary. I was scared myself, terrified even. I felt ashamed and embarrassed to seek out help. I kept putting it off until I reached a point where I just felt paralyzed. Stuck in a cycle I couldn’t get out of.
But there is hope.
There are people who know exactly what you need to break that cycle.
And I’ve found one of them with DoMental.
I want you to experience that too.
All it takes is taking a short quiz and answering some things about yourself.
As simple as that. DoMental will take care of the rest.
Worst case, you’ll learn some useful information about yourself. You can take it and leave.
But best case…
Just imagine. Leaving those dark days behind and finally feeling at ease. Seeing happiness in life again. Feeling happiness.
Now imagine if you didn’t have to imagine. Because the reality is – you don’t.
Results may vary due to personal features. Always consult a professional for medical advice.