Online Mental Health Treatment – Prof. Gavin Andrews

I watched a great Insight program a couple of weeks ago that featured the work of Professor Gavin Andrews at St. Vincents Hospital Anxiety Clinic.  The team that developed the program includes Dr Nick Titov and others.

What’s good news for us web-savvy types is that they have established an online mental health education and treatment program for:

  • major depression
  • panic disorder
  • generalised anxiety disorder
  • social anxiety disorder

It is based on cognitive behavioural therapy, which is a sound modality with proven success.

The program is NOT suitable for patients with a history of:

  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • substance dependence

You do need a valid email address, and you also require a prescription from a GP who is registered and aware of this program.

The website to visit for more information is:  http://www.crufad.org

When you go to your GP to be referred to the program (and receive your entry codes, passwords etc into the online site) you can take this letter with you, in case your GP is unaware of the program, and the procedures behind it.

http://www.crufadclinic.org/images/stories/clinic/CRUfAD_Patient_letter_to_clinician.pdf

Another relevant site you can investigate is http://www.crufadclinic.org

What is good about this is your ability to do your exercises and study from the privacy of your own home and start seeing results.

Here’s a bit more information from an earlier Catalyst program:

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2708750.htm

I’m very keen for you to participate in this study, as it looks very promising.

Tell me how you go with this, and if you have any problems getting the right referrals etc.?? I know it probably won’t work for our friends overseas, but if your an Aussi and have any difficulties getting in, post your problem(s) here.

Take care

Elizabeth

Tell me what you think about this.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Maeve July 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Our daughter has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. After watching Insight I suggested that she check out your site. She has seen a GP and a Psychologist on the 2nd visit she was prescribed medication. Much to our daughters horror, she does not want to use medication. Things however go really bad and she is now taking tablets.Has been on them for 1 week. Her problem now is that she is telling us she has no control over her emotions and feels dead inside, she is hating the way the medication is making her feel. Plus the side affects are not good. My question is how is our daughter to get well if her mind is so overtaken by the medication. She so wants to get off them and take control of her own recovery, we believe she can do this as she is a very strong young woman, she is 40yrs old. How can we help….we are her parents and are at a total loss as to what to do. She is married and has two children. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Thank you a very concerned Mum and Dad

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Elizabeth July 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Unfortunately Maeve we do not give one-on-one advice.
I have emailed you an answer personally to this post, so please visit your email box.
Our intention is to report helpful information and educate on natural sleep alternatives by directing people to useful information, but we cannot interpret that information for individual cases.
Even though we look for ‘natural’ alternatives where possible, we absolutely do NOT recommend that if you are taking medication that you go off that medication, or reduce that medication, without proper medical supervision in every case.
Kindest regards
Elizabeth

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Sophie Potter March 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Hello, My name is Sophie Potter I am 23years old I was just wondering how do I start the online anxiety treatment that Professor Gavin Andrews does to help people with anxiety get better what web site do I have to go to access the form.?

Sophie Potter

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Elizabeth March 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hi Sophie and Maeve

Here is the site for the online clinic that Prof. Gavin Andrews is associated with, and the other experts involved there.

Apologies for not having that site listed in the blog above.

http://www.virtualclinic.org.au/

Hope that helps
Elizabeth

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Peter Kolb April 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

Hello Elizabeth and Gavin

I am delighted to see that hyperventilation control is part of your program. But I wonder if you are aware that for a long time the chronic form of hyperventilation has been recognized by niche groups of medical researchers to be the underlying cause of many disorders, including psychological conditions. You may have come across the Buteyko method which is aimed at reversing chronic hyperventilation and has had astonishing success with asthma control (several controlled clinical trials now appear in the medical literature). The basic theory is that chronic stresses of all types, including over-eating, sleeping too much, long term infections and of course the may psychological stressors all produce a habituation to excessively low CO2. The resulting depletion of CO2 and bicarbonate disrupt the entire biochemical environment and hence affect pretty much everything to do with health. I would love to discuss this further with you. Please get in touch.

Sincerely
Peter Kolb
Biomedical Engineer

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