Recent research: 2 on frequency of psychological disorder, and 5 on using books, phones & computers to deliver CBT
Last updated on 30th November 2010
The e-newsletter from Depression Alliance Scotland (DAS) popped into my inbox last week. What good work they do. The new information that particularly caught my eye was access to an online facilitated self-help course. The description runs: "We have a new service offering support for people to use Living Life to the Full Interactive, a computerised online self-help programme based on cognitive behaviour therapy. You will work through a six session course and a DAS staff member will be there to offer 4 - 6 short telephone contacts on an individual basis over 6 weeks to help you get the most out of it. Interested? Email email@example.com or call 0845 123 23 20"
Here are half a dozen recent research papers on depression (all details & abstracts to these studies are listed further down this blog post). The first two are about the well-known Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS). There have been a whole series of research papers published on this large multisite US National Institute of Mental Health funded study. For more information click on the TADS home page. The study compared CBT, fluoxetine, or their combination in treating moderate to severe depression in teenagers. As March & Vitiello state in their overview "Findings revealed that 6 to 9 months of combined fluoxetine plus CBT should be the modal treatment from a public health perspective as well as to maximize benefits and minimize harms for individual patients ...