Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Online Psychotherapy for Depression

Would you consider online psychotherapy if you had depression? If you could have a "virtual" visit using a webcam, would that be effective? There's an article in the Lancet titled, "Therapist-delivered Internet psychotherapy for depression in primary care: a randomised controlled trial." The title is fairly descriptive, don't you think? The conclusion suggests that cognitive-behavioral therapy seems to be effective when delivered online in real time by a therapist, with benefits maintained over 8 months. I wonder if psychologists and counselors will now flock to Best Buy to get a webcam this holiday season. To read the abstract on PubMed, click here.

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