As a result of the pandemic, many people are facing issues such as social isolation and job stress. Studies have shown that the rates of anxiety are much higher now than they were pre-pandemic. Due to these factors, people may want to consider online therapy for depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.
Here is how online therapy can be greatly effective when it comes to receiving therapy.
A Brief Look into Research
A 2018 meta-analysis that compared the effectiveness of in-person and remote therapy for depression looked at numerous types of anxiety. It particularly focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in which patients alter their bad emotions by changing how they perceive their fears and problems. This analysis that evaluated 20 studies concluded that using CBT online to treat depression and anxiety was equally as effective as in-person CBT.
Another study conducted in 2020 compared the effectiveness of two different types of therapy for reducing anxiety in college students with mild to moderate levels of anxiety. The first type was called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and focused on helping individuals identify goals and find solutions to their problems. The second type was in-person therapy. The results of the study showed that both forms of therapy were equally effective at reducing anxiety.
Online therapy is also effective for PTSD. A 2018 paper looked into 40 studies that said that remote therapy worked as well as in-person therapy to help with PTSD. Patients were also just as likely to complete online therapy as they are to complete in-person therapy. Additionally, patients who receive online therapy report being just as satisfied with their treatment as those who receive in-person therapy. These findings suggest that online therapy can be a convenient and effective option for individuals seeking support for PTSD and other mental health concerns.
Several studies have demonstrated that online therapy can be an effective treatment option for anxiety, depression, and trauma. Patient satisfaction with online therapy is similar to that of in-person therapy, and in both cases, the more sessions someone attends, the better their treatment outcomes tend to be. Overall, these findings suggest that online therapy for depression or other mental health issues can be a convenient and effective way to receive treatment.