Web-based cognitive behavior therapy for depression.
Web-based cognitive behavior therapy: analysis of site usage and changes in depression and anxiety scores.
All visitors to the MoodGYM site over about 6 months were investigated as aggregate data, including 2909 registrants of whom 1503 had completed at least one online assessment. (Outcomes for 71 university students enrolled in an Abnormal Psychology course who visited the site for educational training were included and examined separately.)
For the Web-based population, both anxiety and depression scores decreased significantly as individuals progressed through the interactive modules on the site (five in all).
The study concludes that web sites are a practical and promising means of delivering cognitive-behavioral interventions for preventing depression and anxiety to the general public. However, randomized controlled trials are still needed to establish the effectiveness of these interventions.
Citation: Christensen H, Griffiths KM, Korten A. Web-based cognitive behavior therapy: analysis of site usage and changes in depression and anxiety scores. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2002 Jan-Mar;4(1):e3.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award