Internet therapy apps may reduce depression

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): In a new study, researchers have found that a series of self-guided, internet-based therapy platforms effectively reduce depression. In the past several years, many internet-based apps and websites have made claims to treat depression. The subjects of the study were specifically those applications that provide treatment with cognitive behavioural therapy, a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing thought patterns and behaviour to alleviate symptoms of depression and other mental disorders. Previous studies had examined the effectiveness of individual internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy apps, or iCBT, using a range of methods. Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy apps are an important new tool for addressing a major public health issue: that individuals with mental health disorders like depression far outnumber the mental health providers available to treat them.

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