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E-counselling against depression

A Polish university group proposes an anti-depression counselling approach based on their philosophical theory about the cosmological meaning of human life. The approach is presented on a web site with the aim to provide assistance to people suffering from depression.
E-counselling against depression
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has characterised the 21st century as the century of depression. Stress, psychological pressure, estrangement, alienation, and the struggle for success are all part of the modern way of life. This fast paced, fast track and very demanding environment is far from being in accordance with the natural rhythms of human beings and is the main reason for the tremendous increase of people suffering from depression. Proportionally this has resulted in the increase of counsellors that struggle to alleviate the symptoms of the disease.

A Polish university group developed a web site that aims to play the role of a tele-assistant for people suffering from depression. The innovative aspect behind this is not the fact that it is a web based tele-psychology application, since thousands of such sites exists but the anti-depression counselling approach that has been adopted. The team believes that two of the main factors affecting depression are low self-esteem, negative beliefs as to the meaning of life, and their perception of the world.

According to their approach psychotherapy should not concentrate only on self-esteem problems but mainly on the problem of answering fundamental questions such as "where we are coming from", "where we are going" and finally to present a positive picture of the world.

The web site provides assistance to depressed individuals by presenting the team's theory that can be called "The theory of cosmological meaning of human life". The site is available in English and Polish language for the moment but the plan of the developers is its translation in many more European Languages.
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