Depression Treatment: Reach Out and Help Someone

By: WebProNews Staff - June 8, 2012

Depression treatment might be as easy as picking up the phone and talking to someone. According to a recent study, individuals suffering from depression may be more receptive to treatment over the phone than in a face-to-face, one-on-one session. In fact, reports suggest those who seek treatment through the telephone are more likely to stick with the therapy than those who venture out into the world.

Perhaps the biggest appeal of telephone therapy is the accessibility of the process. Instead of having to schedule your life around a trip to the therapist’s office, a patient can simply pick up the phone without having to add unwanted and unnecessarily stress to their daily routine. Additionally, the program could be beneficial to those who live in areas where help isn’t immediately available.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 20 percent of patients who participated in phone therapy eventually decided to bail on the program. On the other hand, those who chose to seek traditional in-person therapy had a 30 percent drop-out rate. Although this may sound like a breakthrough in treating depression, there are a few downsides to the process in the long run.

During the six-month follow-up, researchers discovered that those who attended face-to-face sessions had made more progress than those who were handling everything over-the-phone. It’s thought that the process of getting up, putting on clothes, and stepping out into fresh air may have therapeutic benefits.

“I think that’s a very encouraging finding,” said UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior researcher Suzette Glasner-Edwards. “With mental health and substance abuse treatment, we see people who for various reasons are unable to comply with treatment, and that’s one of our major challenges.”

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  • robert i cochran

    Therapy for depression has not progressed/since frued//allthey do is say/try this med!!! realy sucks!!!

    • Ingrid

      You are absolutely correct, all they keep doing is suggesting changing your meds to whoever just got the new patent (by changing some miniscule thing in the makeup that has no significant result-other than making the pharmaceutical industry richer). Why do you think there are free samples to get you going? It’s all about making money, not about treating the real problem.

  • geni816

    i guess you people have never been depressed. For those of us that have been depressed, medication is the only thing that works, and keeps us feeling good about ourselves. And that is what counts, not opinions of those who have no experience on the subject.

  • Melanie

    I am glad others have had success with meds. For me, it was a disaster

  • james

    i have ptsd, clinical/cronic depression, and bipolar… geni816, meds aren’t the only things that work being around positive ppl is important too

  • Cindy

    I think some of the folks that commented are confusing “therapy” with just being seen by a mental health professional. Yes, I have one dr. that prescribes my meds. & that’s usually a 15 min. appt. Just a check in so to speak. But, when I was first diagnosed 9 yrs ago, I also went to a therapist for “talk therapy.” It was a long, arduous process, but it helped to get to some of the issues that were causing the depression/anxiety. Talk therapy can be very helpful for those folks who find themselves struck suddenly & feeling lost trying to understand what is happening and why. When you’re suffering, like with any major disease, you will do whatever it takes to heal.