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Depression

15 August 2011

New media technology used in therapy

Texting, webcams and instant chat are being tested by medical researchers for their usefulness in helping people with psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Texting, webcams and instant chat might seem like innovations best suited to passing along teenage gossip, but medical researchers are discovering their usefulness in helping people with psychological disorders.

Simon led a team of researchers who found that people with depression responded well to follow-up treatment conducted via a chat messaging system on a health-care website. The study built upon prior research that proved the effectiveness of follow-up treatment by telephone.

Treating depression by phone

 

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