Where to Find Help

My book, Devil’s Lake, deals heavily with issues like anxiety and depression. Occasionally, I’ll get private messages from people asking me for advice. Here are a few resources.

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Note that crisis lines are good for when you’re struggling right this moment. They are free, but often the person you are speaking with is not a licensed therapist, but someone trained in crisis counseling. If you are already under the care of a therapist, they will usually advise you to follow your primary therapist’s advice.

Another resource I found online is TalkSpace. I put it out there as a resource, not as an endorsement. Do your research and see what’s local as well. I will say I do have experience with teletherapy (therapy over a phone) and that actually is really good. It has a great benefit of ensuring your make that follow-up appointment regardless of weather. It also takes less time as you don’t have to drive.

 

In terms of types of therapy for anxiety and depression, cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness therapy tend to be the dominate effective forms for treating both. CBT is an older method. Mindfulness is becoming the new buzzword, and personally, I find mindfulness far more effective.

I have found therapists typically don’t so much teach these therapies, but tell you about them. In follow up’s you discuss your experience with the therapy and get more input. If you don’t do the therapy, it’s like getting a prescription and not ever filling it and instead going to your doctor complaining about the same thing all over again.

There are plenty of youtube video guided mindfulness meditations available for free online. There are also seminars you can sign up that cost money. But really I think even written instruction can help. Overall, I’d recommend doing your research before forking over dollars to anyone.