Today’s world is becoming more and more aware of health issues ignored for decades, and depression is one of them. Doctors have developed several ways to help people suffering from depression and phone therapy is one of them. A study explains how phone therapy for depression works.
Not only is living with depression challenging but its treatment is just as difficult. To begin with not many people know they’re suffering from depression or that it could be cured. At the same time, with busy schedules and days that simply feel too short to handle all the chores, finding time to get treatment might be hard. Not to mention that many people simply can’t open up about their feelings.
For all the reasons above, phone therapy for depression really makes sense. However that’s not enough if the results aren’t those expected. Many have looked at the idea with scrutiny, but one study shows that depression treatment by phone is effective.
David C. Mohr, PhD, and Joyce Ho, PhD, are the lead authors of a study that showed phone therapy for depression could be just as effective as face-to-face therapy. “Telephone therapy was able to reduce dropout. Four out of five who got therapy over the phone could complete 18 weeks of treatment” compared to two out of three in face-to-face therapy.
Their study had 225 adults undergoing 18 weeks of psychotherapy for depression by phone as well as face-to-face. The choice of treatment for their major depressive disorder was cognitive behavioral therapy. The therapist had to work closely with his patients to make them understand what impacts their moods and how to control them.
The study offers a solution to the patients that found it difficult to keep current with their psychotherapy sessions. “One of the things we’ve found over the years is that it’s very difficult for people with depression to access psychotherapy” explain the lead authors. Many drop out of it for reasons such as busy schedules, transportation or even the will power to get dressed and head towards the therapist.
Gary Kennedy is director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He believes that Mohr’s study and similar ones “will encourage insurers and Medicare to cover phone sessions”. Kennedy added that “patients a lot of times tell us they prefer this”.