Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Websites and Books in the Treatment of Depression

There has been increasing interest in elements of treatment for depression that don't seem like "heavy duty" interventions. This largely results from the ascendancy of cognitive-behavioral treatments, many of which are highly structured - a person can read about them, learn how to employ them and practice them without a therapist present. A Canadian example is one being developed at the University of Saskatchewan for post-partum depression, see news coverage here. The most famous example is the Australian MoodGym program, which is freely available to anyone that wants to try it. Such strategies are often viewed as a low-intensity treatment for very mild episodes - but recent research suggests that they also help in more severe episodes. The evidence is summarized in a paper in the British Medical Journal, which is summarized here.

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