PTSD Therapy Works by Phone

MONTREAL, April 2 (UPI) — A Canadian researcher suggests teleconferencing may help provide therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Stephane Guay of the University of Montreal had 17 post-traumatic stress victims in a rural area undergo 16-25 sessions of teletherapy — therapy via teleconferencing — with Montreal therapists.

A control group of PSTD patients received face-to-face therapy. Both groups had 75 percent to 80 percent of their members overcoming their chronic post-traumatic stress.

Guay noted patients in the teletherapy group needed to be at a well-equipped hospital supervised by medical personnel.

“It would be ethically indefensible for them to stay home,” Guay says in a statement. “Post-traumatic stress therapies require that a patient relive certain traumatic events and should they become uncomfortable it is mandatory that someone be there to intervene.”

Guay also noted that while the same number of patients improved, patient comments favored teletherapy.

“It seems patients appreciate a certain distance from their therapist,” Guay says.

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