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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About Dr. Greg

Dr. Gregory Popcak directs the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to marriage, family, and personal problems. Together with his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio. He is the author of over a dozen books integrating psychological insights with our Catholic faith. For more info about books, tele-counseling and other resources, visit www.CatholicCounselors.com.

  • Alex

    I work with patients ranging from mild to severe depression and anxiety, and my job title is ‘low-intensity therapist’, which I think was the subject of these trials. It really is a wonderful thing to see patients with severe clinical depression respond so well within 6 – 8 low intensity sessions.


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