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How much time do you spend online per day (specifically on Social media, texting, chat boards or forums)? Is the majority of your socializing online (or is it equal to in-person)? Are you "screen addicted"? With chronic dysthymia and anhedonia, I can't maintain enjoyment in hobbies or concentrate a lot on books. TV holds no interest. I've realized I have little desire to socialize in real life anymore....I just don't enjoy it and I avoid it. Feels like a hassle, I must psych myself up, get dressed, put on a smile, and all of it seems pointless. All people do now anyway is meet up for dinner & drinks (booze), take a few selfies and look at their screens half the time anyway. So I just scroll endlessly, observe the lives of others, skimming an article here & there (which I'll forget the content in 10 minutes) and passively scan through commentary - for HOURS. Pretty sad, but maybe this is normal nowadays? Seems like a waste of life.
Has anyone ever tried online therapy? I mean where you pay to talk to someone online where they say you can talk everyday if you want? It is the only affordable option I have without waiting for weeks. This would be so convenient, especially getting to talk to someone the day I need to rather than having to wait for an appointment. I tend to panic at times when I feel that something is falling a part, and this would be great to help keep me calm until I find someone else like a friend willing to support me when I need them. My friends are so busy (which is understandable, and they work almost all day everyday). My fiance cannot handle helping me, it stresses him out too much, so I cannot rely on him for support as depressing as that is. I do not expect anything amazing from this, but I do want it to be more than only an outlet. As in someone who is actually trained to help someone and will do more than the obvious and basic. Anyone have any experiences with it or warnings against it?