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Psychologists suggested to treat depression on the Internet

Psychologists at Indiana University conducted an extensive study and found that the therapeutic program on the Internet effectively suppress depression.

In the framework of scientific work psychologists conducted a meta-analysis of 21 studies involving 4781 people, according to Medical Xpress.

Illustration: Peter Oumanski

Over the past few years, many Internet applications and web sites have expressed the need for the treatment of depression.

The subject of the research was programs that help in the treatment of mental disorders through cognitive-behavioral therapy.

“Previous studies were probably focused on people with very mild depression, those who have no other mental problems and who had low risk of suicide,” said study author Lorenzo Lorenzo Luis (Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces).

According to scientists, Internet-based applications of cognitive behavioral therapy can be considered as a new tool for solving serious public health problems.

Illustration: Peter Oumanski

As stated by Lorenzo Luis almost one in four people suffers from depressive disorders: these include people with mild depression or who suffer from depression for weeks or months with few symptoms. Every year their number increases, exceeding the number of psychologists who can help them.

Having “meta-regression analysis”, the psychologists found that therapeutic programs ease the symptoms of depression and work in light, moderate and severe cases .

In many studies conducted in the framework of the analysis were compared using applications of cognitive behavioral therapy on the Internet is placed in a queue for treatment, or use of a fake program,” which gave weak recommendations for the user. In these cases, the application of iCBT have shown good results.

This does not mean that you should stop taking the medicine, just to download the program. Individual therapy and antidepressants may be more effective than iCBT application.

However, the scientist added that the program removes the burden on doctors and helps to reduce the symptoms of depression

Online therapy also has the advantage in situations where access to medical specialist is not possible or not affordable.

Illustration: Peter Oumanski

Recall, depression and obesity are among the most serious diseases worldwide.

As reported by the portal “Know.ia” Japanese scientists discovered three subtypes of depression.

Also “Know.Eeyore” wrote that doctors are going to use ketamine in experimental treatment of depression.

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