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Monday, February 28, 2011

Online help: depression, anxiety & worry

I've just learned about the Australian National University's e-couch from the psychsplash blog.

"e-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief.

"It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioral and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity."

Once you have registered you are given a couple of quick tests of your levels of anxiety and depression, and then offered the use of any of their five programmes. I would say that the ones of most frequent value to our clients would be those for depression, anxiety and worry, and social anxiety. The others, for grief and loss, and for divorce and separation could also be useful at times.

As the site itself stresses, there may be substitute for a consultation with one's physician. However, these materials may serve to supplement what is available elsewhere.