Depression is real and it might be more common to people who lead a busy and competitive life due to their lifestyle or jobs, but it also hits people in all walks of life. Depression has become one of the most talked-about mental illnesses of our generation, and there are those eho think it is just a result of a sensibility increase from society, but studies can show otherwise.
In some studies, living in this digital age with smartphones, computers and the internet, increases the risk of depression. In a recent study in South Korea, where almost everyone is connected via the internet and there’s a high suicide rate, it was suggested that 10% of teens who use the internet are at risk of depression. And that is where therapy comes into play.
The thing is, unless we plan to live in the mountains with just a well and a bed, we cannot really escape internet and our technological devices, especially considering communication.
The good news is, the digital world doesn’t have to be our enemy, it could actually be our greatest ally. With the smartphone app Talkspace, around 500,000 users are currently engaging with over 1,000 professionals. Therapy through the internet is very helpful as it can be instantly accessed and is cheaper than the traditional face to face therapy. According to an extensive study, online therapy reduced the instances of hospitalization by 25% for around 100,000 veterans who used the online services.
Upon subscribing to Talkspace, users will be greeted by a therapist who will ask them about themselves and their history in order to get to know them and pair them up with who’s going to be their ‘primary therapist’. That way Talkspace makes sure that users are paired with a therapist that best fits their personality and personal problems.