Many people suffer with anxiety symptoms, such as feeling shy or anxious in social situations. Could online self-help programs provide the tools for them to manage their mental health?
For the many people who don’t meet the criteria for a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder but who still face ongoing anxiety every day, online tools could present a major source of relief.
After all, they’re cost-effective, accessible and can be used whenever and wherever people choose. But do they work?
Professor John Powell and his team are exploring that question in one of the first large-scale randomised trials of an online psychological treatment.
Working with more than 1,000 people who live with anxiety, John and his team are looking at the effectiveness of E-Couch, an online psychological tool based on cognitive behavioural therapy principles.
Developed by researchers at the Australian National University, E-Couch includes modules on:
- Exposure to anxiety
- Improving attentiveness
- Modifying thinking
- Social skills.
E-Couch takes up to six weeks to complete. After that time, participants will be assessed for 12 months, with our team studying:
- Anxiety symptoms
- Quality of life
- Mental wellbeing
- Signs of depression.
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Huge numbers of people face the symptoms of anxiety every day – from difficulty sleeping to a constant sense of dread.
This study will help us to understand more about the value and limitations of self-help for people who find themselves in this situation. And it will enable us to see whether the E-Couch tool can provide effective and lasting relief.
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