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We can manage depression better with technology

3 Dec 2014
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Provides a summary of the evidence for internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy, and looks at the three RACGP Handbook of Non-Drug Intervention (HANDI) recommendations for non-drug treatments for depression and arranged for the developers to comment.

Background
Gotzsche, in Lancet Psychiatry, argued that antidepressants produce more harm than good and should be used sparingly. Karange et al showed that GP prescriptions of antidepressants in Australia are continuing to rise, especially in children. A rethink about the treatment of depression is indicated.

Objective
This paper provides a summary of the evidence for internet delivered cognitive behaviour therapy, and looks at the three RACGP Handbook of Non-Drug Intervention (HANDI) recommendations for non-drug treatments for depression and arranged for the developers to comment.

Discussion
The systems identified by HANDI are beneficial in major depression and are supported by evidence. They have not been shown to harm or to be beneficial in depression associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or substance dependence. Although little input is required from general practitioners who prescribe these courses, they may form part of a more comprehensive treatment plan. Australia is a world leader in automated internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy. Australian clinicians should take advantage and use these courses.

 

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2014
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