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Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy recommended for depression, panic and phobia

Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy has been recommended as a effective way to help people with mild or moderate depression, panic attacks or phobias.

The government’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended a programme, Beating the Blues, for depression and the FearFighter programme for panic attacks and phobia

Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CCBT) can be delivered on a personal computer, over the internet or via the telephone using interactive voice response systems.

Beating the Blues, for example, consists of a 15-minute introductory video and eight one-hour interactive computer sessions.

The sessions are usually at weekly intervals and are completed at GP surgeries.

Homework projects are undertaken between sessions and weekly progress reports are delivered to the GP or other healthcare professional at the end of each session.

The progress reports include anxiety and depression ratings and reported suicidality.

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