Is Online Therapy Effective For Your Mental Illness?

Pooja Kulkarni

Jun 05, 2022

From Siri, Alexa to Cortana all are famous virtual assistants who probably have answers to all your problems, perhaps some of them even entertain you when you want a little levity on an otherwise crappy day. This invention has carved out a niche for teletherapy. In a couple of wifi seconds, you have an online consultant who can guide you through your life problems in a jiffy, now that looks like a magic pencil you have wished for from the 90’s serial ‘Shaka Laka Boom Boom’. 


If you are in two minds that how online therapy can work without any face-to-face consultation better take a look at some of the studies below:


  • The Journal of Affective Disorders found that online treatment was just as effective as a face-to-face treatment for depression.

  • A 2018 study shows that online cognitive behavioral therapy was equally as effective as face-to-face treatment for major depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.

  • In 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that around 70 percent of countries have now adopted ‘teletherapy’ sessions via video call to overcome disruptions to in-person mental health services.


Also, there are 7.5 % of over a billion Indian suffering from mental illness and probably only 4000 psychiatrists to treat them which adds to their burden and cost, but with online therapy you get therapy at the best prices without compromising on your timings


Coming to the next possible reason is the stigma associated with mental illness in our society that does not allow many of us to adopt a therapy, but in the confine of your home or bedroom you can open up to your therapist and lo, no one knows what you were doing behind the closed doors. 


What are the other potential reasons to go for an online consultation?

1. Convenience

Online therapy saves a lot of time and allows flexibility. You don’t have to travel miles to meet your therapist. Schedule your session beforehand and log into the site during your lunch breaks or inside your parking lot. Also, mental health issues are not restricted to cities, there are people in tier II and tier III cities who find it difficult to catch onto the best of health services may be due to geographical constraints, online therapy doesn’t let these barriers stop you from gaining access to some of the best therapists around the nation. 

2. Cost-effective

‘Mental therapy costs a fortune’ is a popular myth associated while treating mental illness, though it takes a long time to heal completely and may cost you a little higher than what your surgeon may cost you for a broken limb. Adding an insult to the injury, many health policies don’t cover mental illness again adding an additional dent in your savings. But online therapy allows you to save some of your precious hard-earned money and also treat your illness. Now that’s what we call killing two birds with one stone.

3. Communication

People with social anxiety or bipolar disorder feel difficult to open up in front of the therapist, thus taking advantage of online therapy they can freely talk with the therapist either via text message, email, or even video call. Online therapy has access to multiple platforms and they can take any route that won’t feel like a burden to them and start their therapy.

4. Comfort

Ahh, when you saw Shahrukh Khan treating Alia Bhatt to come out of her mental illness we all fell for those breezy beach therapy. So online consultation makes it possible for you to make your Dear Zindagi moments more special by allowing you to take therapy even while you’re vacating by sitting on a beach or in the hills. What an idea Sir Ji!


Limitations of Online Therapy 

The popularity of online consultation has just started, it will take time to strengthen its roots with technology and simulation to make your therapy as accessible as face-to-face meetings. But right now you can’t overlook those problems as well, some of the famous ones are as follows:

  • Therapists may miss out on some important cues like body language to cement their belief about an appropriate diagnosis. 

  • Poor internet connections may cause technological glitches like frozen videos or dropped calls etc.

  • Online therapy may not be suitable for serious illnesses like psychosis or suicidal intent.

  • The therapist or psychiatrist may not have the proper license to practice.

  • Some sites may lack enough reputation and may leak your confidentiality.


To seek or not to seek online therapy? 

As the benefits surpass the limitations, your doubts are diminishing fast regarding online therapy, therefore if you are apprehensive to dial the number of your therapist who has high reviews online, worry not, because Saiyan Health can answer all your questions and provide you an opportunity to make your online therapy an easy task. To know more about Saiyan Health and online consultation kindly visit our website.

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