Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help if you are depressed because it helps change unrealistic, negative ways of thinking. These ways of thinking are very common in people with depression. Negative ways of thinking can include:
- overgeneralising (‘everything always goes wrong for me’)
- blaming yourself for things that aren’t your fault (‘My co-worker forgot a deadline because I didn’t remind her’)
- focussing on the negative and ignoring the positive (‘I should have got all As in my exams, the B just shows I’m not good enough’).
Online CBT programs allow you to do a sequence of online lessons based on the principles of CBT.
Can I do CBT online?
Professor Gavin Andrews, Director of the UNSW School of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital, and head of the Anxiety and Depression Clinic and Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD), St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, explains online CBT.
The views in this video are those of Professor Gavin Andrews. This information is not medical advice from NPS and should not be used to treat or diagnose your own or another person's medical condition. Any medical questions should be referred to a qualified healthcare professional.
Online CBT programs
||Small fee, GP referral needed, your GP can monitor your progress
||Free, from the Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University (ANU)
||Free, provided by the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University
|Beating the blues
||Developed by a UK company, fee of about A$230
This is a selection of online CBT programs, others are also available.
For more information
- National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. Depression: the NICE guideline on the treatment and management of depression in adults (updated edition). London: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2010. www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/12329/45896/45896.pdf (accessed 9 February 2012).