Consider video conferencing therapy

Thursday, March 22 2012

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting nearly 40 million adults in the U.S. age 18 and older, which is nearly 18 percent of the nation's population.

The ADAA reports that anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only one-third of those suffering receive adequate treatment due to the nature of the illness. Anxiety can leave many sufferers with intense social phobias including agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which can prevent those afflicted from being able to leave their homes without intense fear or panic.

Video conferencing therapy is an approach that may be useful for the treatment of anxiety. In a study reported by Science Direct, when behavioral therapy was delivered exclusively by using video conferencing technology and phone sessions to adults with OCD, those patients saw a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms, which is nearly as effective as face-to-face behavioral therapy. Patients receiving the conferencing treatment rated the method and the overall quality of the therapeutic alliance as highly acceptable.

Some additional benefits for using video conferencing for your therapy solution are that you can practice in the comfort of your own home with open availability. In addition, many individuals can participate in group therapy from varying locations, all while keeping the sessions confidential and secured.