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05 Jun 2012

Therapy for depression can work over the phone

Patients with depression are more likely to stick with a type of talk therapy when it’s given over the phone, compared to traditional, face-to-face settings, according to a new study.

“This is very encouraging and suggests that the telephone can be an effective medium to communicate with clients during (cognitive behavioral therapy),” said Stefan Hofmann, a psychology professor at Boston University, who was not involved in this study.

However, the results also show that while people might be less likely to drop out of telephone-based therapy, this approach may be slightly less helpful than office-based treatments.

“Apparently, there is an advantage of doing therapy face-to-face, but the reason is not clear,” Hofmann added in an email to Reuters Health.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that tries to change the thoughts and attitudes leading to a person’s condition.

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