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Pros and cons of online cognitive–behavioural therapy

  • Gerhard Andersson (a1) and Pim Cuijpers (a2)
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Online cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression has the potential to serve as an important addition to the care of people with mild to moderate depression. Although some studies show promising results, the need for proper diagnoses and human guidance must be considered when interpreting the modest effects found in studies with little or no guidance from a therapist.

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Professor Gerhard Andersson, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. Email: gerhard.andersson@liu.se
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Pros and cons of online cognitive–behavioural therapy

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