Does internet therapy help with anxiety and panic attacks? 2

Does internet therapy help with anxiety and panic attacks?

Internet therapies for anxiety disorders are more beneficial than not doing so.

Anxiety disorder does not disappear on its own in most cases. Online therapy can help patients still on the waiting list for treatment.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The waiting lists for psychotherapy for people suffering from anxiety disorder are sometimes lengthy. At the same time, there are more and more online services offering assistance to the affected. Are these digital deals really useful? This issue has been investigated by Gesundheitswissen scientists.

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Internet therapy has been shown to have a positive effect compared to waiting without therapy: those with panic attacks who used online cognitive behavioral therapy showed fewer symptoms after completing treatment than those waiting for therapy and had no treatment.

Compared to personal cognitive behavioral therapy, internet therapy was also successful: In both groups, symptoms were significantly reduced in the same number of people affected by panic disorder. However, due to the methodological quality of the basic studies and the small number of participants, the significance of these results is limited.

Morbid anxiety can significantly affect daily activities, for some people it is even a pain to leave your own home. Without therapeutic support, very few people will get rid of it. In contrast, fear of anxiety often leads to the development of adverse behavioral structures. There are various treatment options. Cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressant treatment are common treatment options. There are also offers on the Internet, so-called online psychotherapy programs.

But be careful: Many providers claim that there is scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of the online program. However, not all internet therapies have been studied in detail, and individual offerings often vary significantly in content. The Federal Psychotherapy Chamber (BPtK) and the Expert Group of the German Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology (DGPPN) have developed lists that allow patients to critically review online therapy offerings.

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