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Therapy through the internet enables a lot more people to get quality help with their depression when they need it. Psychologist Fredrik Hollandare studied the effects of Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) both with ongoing depression and for preventing relapses.
“The purpose of Internet-based treatment is not to replace traditional therapy, face to face, for those who need it. But for many people it is an equally good, even better, alternative, since they can choose their own time and place,” he says. “There is no single depression treatment that fits everybody. But the more treatments we have, the better the chance of finding the right treatment for the next person seeking help.”
There are advantages to internet treatment. More people can get access to treatment and there is no wait. For patients who are a relapse risk this is a vast improvement as a limited number of therapists threatens their success.
“If there are lingering symptoms following a treatment for depression, there is a great risk of relapse. But among the individuals with previous depressions who participated in our Internet-based relapse prevention, only 10% experienced a new period of depression, compared with 38% in the control group,” explained Hollandare.
Internet treatment centers can treat four times as many patients and help save thousands of dollars. “What’s important is not the therapist a an individual but rather the specific methods that are the core of CBT, and these can be taught in many different ways – including the Internet,” concluded Hollandare.
Source: Orebro University, ScienceDaily
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