Computer therapies win medical backing

Two computerised cognitive behavioural therapy programmes have been given official backing for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended the Beating the Blues package for treating mild and moderate depression, and Fearfighter for panic and phobia.

CBT focuses on challenging negative thoughts and behaviour and the programmes can be accessed via a referral from a GP.

Mind policy officer Moira Fraser said computerised CBT was an important addition to the range of treatment options available.

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