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Self-Help Books And Websites Benefit the Depressed

Fibro Daily February 27, 2013

People with severe depression greatly benefit from self-help books and websites, according to new research. Depressed patents benefit from self-help books and websites due to the ‘low-intensity’ of the treatment.

From Medical News Today, the parameters of the study:

An international collaboration of researchers therefore carried out a meta-analysis of several studies involving 2470 patients with depression, all treated in a non-hospital setting. All studies were from the year 2000 or later with a sample size of more than 50 patients. All studies included adult patients with lower levels of depressive symptoms, as well as those with quite severe depression.

‘Low-intensity’ treatment was defined as interventions designed to help patients manage depressive symptoms such as self-help books or interactive websites, often with limited guidance support from a health professional. Self-help groups were excluded.

Until now, there’s been no hard evidence to support what severity of depressed patients do better with high or low-intensity treatment other than severity variables gathered from epidemiological studies and clinical experience, not hard evidence.

There are some concerns about the cost-effectiveness of low-intensity methods and whether they interfere with other needed treatments given later.

If you find yourself experiencing depression—which is common in fibormyalgia— do not self-diagnosis or treat. Speak with your doctor or other medical professional as soon as possible.

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