People who suffer panic disorders can get help from the Internet. Australian scientists from Monash University say that now it is not necessary to consult psychiatrist face-to-face. Their study shows that Internet-based treatments may be just as effective as face-to-face methods.
Panic attacks can be accompanied by anxiety and such конецформыначалоформыphysical symptoms as racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, light-headedness or nausea. When these attacks happen unexpectedly, the person has what is known as panic disorder.
The study compared the effectiveness of three types of treatment -- Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy sessions, face-to-face sessions, and the use of medication (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) monitored by a psychiatrist.
Preliminary results, based on more than two years of research, showed that Internet therapy was comparable with face-to-face treatment in reducing disturbing thoughts and improving stress and anxiety, sciencedaily.com reports.
When undertaking Internet-based therapy, sufferers of panic disorder have an initial face-to-face consultation with a psychologist and are then in regular email contact with the therapist, says eurekalert.org.
"If the online method is as effective as face-to-face sessions, as our research suggests, this is likely to improve treatment accessibility for so many people, particularly in rural areas where people may not be able to access face-to-face treatment easily," said Project Co-ordinator, Dr Litza Kiropoulos, reports Science Daily. I.L.