Online Psychological Intervention: A Feasible Measure to Reduce Treatment Barriers

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Online psychological intervention: A feasible measure to reduce barriers to treatment People with mental disorders often find it hard to access psychological treatment. Common barriers to treatment include limited accessibility, unable to afford treatment, fear of what others might think or say, and not knowing where to go for help (Olfson et. al., 2000). Among these barriers, fear of what others might think or say is particularly prominent for people with social anxiety disorder. People with social anxiety disorder are often ashamed of their symptoms, and those symptoms embarrassed them to seek treatment. With the increasing popularity and accessibility of the internet, mental health professionals are gradually considering using online…show more content…
Fear of what others might think or say is a unique barrier to treatment for social anxiety disorder as it is reported by a significantly higher percentage of people with social anxiety symptoms (19.7%) than those without social anxiety symptoms (6.0%). The internet serves as a highly accessible tool to provide information about the disorder and the type of treatment available. It may even be used to deliver treatment, especially for people with society anxiety disorder who are afraid of discussing their symptoms with others.
Benefits of online psychological intervention
Lauder, Chester, and Berk (2007) discussed the feasibility of conducting online psychological intervention to reduce barriers to treatment. Recently, mental health professionals begin to use Internet as a tool to provide information and to deliver psychological assessment and treatment. The internet reduces barriers to treatment by reducing cost, and increasing accessibility and anonymity. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most common therapy that has been applied as online treatment. Online version of CBT is effective particularly for treating depression and anxiety disorders. A unique benefit of online therapy is its ability to quantify how engaged someone is in a treatment program. Researchers can look at the length of time someone spent on the intervention, and

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