Online Computerized Behavioral Activation Treatments on Depression
Colvin, Elizabeth M.
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Online cognitive behavioral therapy has been recently developed to help cut costs of treating depression, make treatment widespread, and provide another alternative to treating depression. Research confirms that online CBT can effectively help treat depression and is further aided by the assistance of a therapist. This proposed study includes 150 college-aged males and females that compares the effects of an online CBT program when combined with webcam chats with therapists, instant messaging chats with therapists minus vision, and finally treatment as usual. Participants completed Beck Depression Inventory-II, Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire, Behavioral Activation for Depression Scales, and Quality of Life Scales before and after treatment. Participants in the webcam group should experience longer lasting treatment effects and have a quicker recovery rate.