Some psycho-therapists are just phoning it in, which may be a good thing for their depressed patients. Northwestern University researchers compared standard face-to-face therapy sessions to therapy provided over the telephone. More than 300 patients with major depression were involved. Those who had their therapy sessions by phone had a lower drop-out rate and was as effective as face-to-face sessions after 18 weeks of treatment. Researchers say a majority of psychologists do offer telephone services for patients who have transportation issues or other constraints.
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