Americans are in trouble. Rates of depression and anxiety have increased since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, said U.S. surgeon general Vivek Murthy. Young people have been particularly affected.
However, getting help is not easy. Many mental health providers have left the field, leaving a strong demand for services in a context of a shortage of providers. Dr. Dale Anderson, a St. Louis psychiatrist, said some doctors have wait lists that put off treatment for months. Anderson himself treats an average of 100 patients per week. “It’s a real struggle to try to help people when they need it,” he said.
Anderson encourages people to go into therapy (some people who say they don’t have time for therapy, he notes, don’t realize how much time they will have if they no longer suffer from lethargy and depression. depression).
But for those who can’t, don’t want, or just want to complete their therapy, it offers a free app. “CoPow to live in a world of coronavirus” – “CoPow” for short – aims to teach the basics of cognitive behavioral therapy to users.
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“With all the therapists out there, there is still not enough room to make this so easily accessible to people on an individual basis,” he explained on Friday. Saint Louis on the air. “So I developed an app designed to help people learn cognitive therapy skills. “
He added: “I call it CoPow, because I see sometimes where people feel like the word ‘therapy’ isn’t likable – not appealing to people – and they think to themselves, ‘I don’t. I don’t need therapy, it’s for the weak-minded. ‘”
Anderson hopes that even a little of the skills cognitive behavioral therapy offers will help those struggling to get through the pandemic. He believes that therapeutic techniques have never been more important.
“We have to work on doing things that help us stay more calm, relaxed and positive because it really helps our immune system,” he said.
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