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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on May 11, 2010

A new small study has discovered treating clinical depression via the telephone is nearly as effective as face-to-face consultations.

Brigham Young University scientists followed 30 people newly diagnosed with major depression.

Instead of eight scheduled visits to the clinic, the participants covered the same material during a series of phone calls with the therapist. Calls varied in length, ranging from 21 to 52 minutes.

The patients did not receive antidepressant medication.

At a six month followup, 42 percent of participants had recovered from depression. For comparison, similar therapy conducted in person has a 50 percent recovery rate.

“Offering a phone or webcam option for psychotherapy does appear warranted from an efficacy point of view,” said Diane Spangler, a BYU psychology professor and a coauthor on the study.

“It’s more user-friendly – no commutes, more flexibility of place and time – and has no side effects.”

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/05/11/telephonic-therapy-effective-for-depression/13701.html



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