Lancet article calls for more online cognitive behaviour therapy on the NHS.

Emma Wilkinson
Health reporter, BBC News



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The NHS should offer online psychological counselling for people with depression, a leading mental health expert says.

A Lancet study of online cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) showed it more than doubled the chances of recovery.

Dr Tim Kendall, who led the drawing up of national guidelines on depression, called for online access to become part of the drive to widen access to CBT.

One in six people experience depression at some point in their lives.

Much has been said in recent years about a reliance on antidepressants, with prescriptions for the drugs increasing almost two-fold in a decade, from 18,424,473 in 1998 to 35,960,500 last year.

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