Computerised therapy for treating anxiety

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 21:02 hrs

A small clinical trial suggests cognitive bias modification (CBM), a potential anxiety therapy delivered entirely on a computer, may be as effective as in-person therapy or drugs for treating social anxiety disorder.

According to a press release, a Brown University-led research team found participants believed the therapy to be credible and acceptable. Participants in the pilot study, published in online journal Depression and Anxiety, improved their scores on a standardised measure of anxiety and on public speaking after completing two simple exercises twice a week, for a total of four weeks.

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