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Cyber Psychiatry: A Review of Internet Self Help Sites for Depression and Related Problems

Cyber Psychiatry: A Review of Internet Self Help Sites for Depression and Related Problems
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Author(s): Gordana Culjak (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 3
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch061
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


The aim of this research study is to define, explore and evaluate the availability and classification of the types of currently available Internet self-help sites addressing depression and related problems. Its aim is to develop an understanding of what is available for young people at risk of depression who would otherwise perhaps not seek help, using such sites as a health aid prior to, or as part of primary treatment. Globally, depression is the third major cause of disability, following heart disease and cancer. It is predicted that it will be the second most common cause of global disability by 2020 and is currently a major risk factor for suicide and suicidal behaviour. Over 27% of young adults have a current mental disorder, with depression being the most prevalent (10.8%). Most of these young people are unlikely to get professional help. Though there are Internet-based self-help programs online, they are primarily information-based, low-level, repetitive or selfserving, as opposed to valuable, credible, reliable sources of psychological help or advice. Evidence-based interactive programs developed specifically for young people, are not yet available. Recommendations are also made for further research in applying information technology to help solve such issues.

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