Study Shows: Self Help Books/Websites Help Heal Even Severe Depression

Great news for Faith on the Couch readers!   A new study shows that Faith on the Couch is good for what ails you.

Patients with severe depression show at least as good clinical benefit from ‘low-intensity’ interventions, such as self help books and interactive websites, as less severely ill patients, according to new research by The University of Manchester….  The researchers found that patients with more severe depression at baseline derive “at least as good clinical benefit from ‘low-intensity’ interventions as less severely ill patients.” They recommend including ‘low-intensity’ interventions in the first step of treating severely ill patients and encouraging the majority of patients to use them as the initial treatment option. 

(Pardon me, but I couldn’t help but overhear.  Did someone say something about self-help books?)

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