For people suffering from emotional disorders that affect normal everyday behavior, just the thought of driving can be a crippling emotional experience. For these patients, physically getting to therapy is part of the battle. The latest research study by Stephane Guay, a psychiatry professor at the University of Montreal, has shown that therapy via teleconference may be the answer to the problem. Results from the study showed that teletherapy would lend itself well to the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress-disorder, phobias, and eating disorders. Teletherapy may be a viable solution for those with limited access to treatments or requiring specialists who are unavailable in remote regions.
Using teleconferencing technology, such as a web camera and computer, teletherapy offers the flexibility to receive treatment in the manner that is most convenient for your lifestyle. As part of the teletherapy study, participants still needed to visit a hospital equipped with the necessary telecommunication electronics and be supervised by medical personnel. The new study found that 75 to 80 percent of the teletherapy patients overcame their chronic post-traumatic stress. The distance to their therapist affected none of the patients and none expressed discomfort about the technological aspects of the procedures. Some patients’ comments even implied that that the distance from their therapist was beneficial to their progress.
Maybe someday a therapist across the globe can provide treatment while you’re at the local hospital down the block.