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:
- 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.
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:
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.
Tell me what you think about this.