Are Computer-Based Cognitive Therapies Options for Mental Disorders?
Experts urging expansion of online therapy for mental illness
From a recent article on Reuters:
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that mental disorders are now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide (in particular depression).
Michael Krausz, a leading specialist at the World Psychiatric Association and a professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Canada, said a major answer for patients should be "E-mental health."
E-mental health includes:
- Web-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) - effective in treating depression and anxiety and possibly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Online assessments
- Web-based psychotherapies
- Virtual reality and artiﬁcial intelligence technologies - used in certain therapies for anxiety,
- Online games and apps developed to support treatment of depression in children.