Online therapy helps treat moderate depression

A new study from several countries, including Sweden, finds that online therapy and other forms of self-help therapy can have a good effect on people suffering from moderate depression.

“Our distance treatment online or through books help clients to learn more about their condition and it gives them tips how to feel better,” says Gerhard Andersson, a professor in clinical psychology at Linköping University, to Swedish Radio news.

The study is based on analysis from 16 different studies in 7 countries, involving 2,500 patients.

Researchers had believed that only patients suffering mild depression could get help from these types of so-called low-intensity therapies. But this study finds that even patients suffering from more moderate depression can get help from therapy even if they have very limited contact with therapists.

Andersson says that current research shows that online therapy has the same effect as more traditional therapy for people with mild to moderate depression.

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