Online therapy helps people beat depression more quickly

Counselling by computer can cut NHS waiting times by a quarter. New research reveals that an hour a day of online therapy has a huge impact on depressed patients.

A study by London's The City University found that more than three in five people can stop treatment after eight sessions. This allows doctors to discharge patients more quickly and reduce the need for drugs.

Computer counselling uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help patients develop a more positive outlook on life.

Programmes such as Beat the Blues challenge negative thinking through a special psychological self-help course. With conventional therapy, patients have to be face-to-face with a psychiatrist or counsellor.

Online therapy allows those with mild mental health problems to manage their own treatment either at a referral centre or at home.

Doctors can already prescribe the treatment on the NHS. Trials have shown it is as effective as other clinical treatments and can produce faster results.

Source - Daily Mail

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