The prospect of being stuck in front of a computer screen may be enough to fill some of us with feelings of gloom. But that is exactly what celebrity funny-farm The Priory aims to do in an effort to help its clients beat depression.
The psychiatric hospital, which has helped such luminaries as Michael Barrymore, Stan Collymore and Kate Moss to rescue their heads from the bin, is to trial computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depressed patients.
The system, called Beating the Blues, will run in conjunction with face-to-face counselling.
"It is currently impossible to treat all those patients suffering from anxiety and depression who would benefit from CBT," said the Institute of Psychiatry's Professor Jeffrey Gray, who developed the software in conjunction with health technology firm Ultrasis.
The programme will involve eight 50-minute sessions at a computer terminal, and has been designed so that complete computer novices can use it.
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