Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Internet May Be Beneficial For Depression

Recently, the Australian National University Centre For Mental Health Research released a report that indicated that the internet might be helpful for individuals suffering from depression. The report stated that individuals who visited cognitive behavioral therapy and informational sites (those dealing with depression) had a positive benefit after a year of visiting these sites. The study showed that websites dealing with depression and cognitive therapy were especially useful for individuals who had completed their mental health treatment, and that the benefits of such sites continued beyond a year.

This study even suggests that some individuals prefer visiting these “self help or awareness” sites to gain more insight into their condition rather than using a therapist. Of course, some individuals seem to enjoy the anonymous nature of the internet. Although society has come a long way in regard to mental health issues there is still a stigma attached to mental health problems such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.

Of course, this study does not suggest that individuals stop their mental health treatment, although these findings do seem to indicate that even though the internet does not replace conventional mental illness treatment, it may be beneficial to depression sufferers.

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