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Japanese get mobile phone psychotherapy

November 20, 2008


DEPRESSING TIMES CALL for desperate measures especially, it seems, in Japan, where a Professor has just launched web-based psychotherapy sessions accessible by mobile phone.

Japanese citizens with a bad case of “heart flu”, otherwise known as depression, can call up an interactive service which assesses the seriousness of the problem by asking a series of questions about the person’s sleeping and eating habits, weight change, and emotional well-being.

The depressed are then offered seven mini chapters to listen to which can help them lighten up, relax and feel more optimistic through problem solving and self assertion. The service does warn, however, that it isn’t a substitute for proper medical treatment if the depression is more than a mild one.

via Japanese get mobile phone psycotherapy – The INQUIRER


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