Individually tailored internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy for older adults with anxiety and depression

Mixed anxiety and depression is common among older adults (those 60 years and older). Internet-supported cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) has been tested for a range of conditions, and one approach is to tailor the treatment according to each client’s symptoms and preferences. The aim of the study was to compare the effects of an eight-week-long … Läs mer

Blended therapy: A computer-supported psychoeducational group intervention for adults with depressive symptoms

Blended interventions aim to capitalise on the strengths of both computer-based and face-to-face therapy. Studies on this innovative treatment format remain scare. This especially accounts for the group treatment of depression. In the present study, that was just published, we applied eclectic psychotherapy methods to an adult sample exhibiting a variety of depressive symptoms (N = 46). … Läs mer

Gruppterapi med multimediastöd vid depression ger lovande resultat

”Blended therapy”, blandad terapi, är en form av behandlingsupplägg som utforskats allt mer på senare tid. Det som menas med ”blandad” är att behandlingen blandar klassisk psykoterapi där terapeut och patient möts ansikte mot ansikte med behandlingsinslag via dator (eller exempelvis smartphone). Forskningsresultaten är lovande – man har exempelvis sett god behandlingseffekt och patienttillfredsställelse och … Läs mer

Behavioral Activation vs. Physical Activity: A Randomized Controlled Trial

In a new study that was accepted today we had randomized 286 participants with major depression into one of five conditions. 1) physical activity without a treatment rational, 2) physical activity with a treatment rational, 3) Lewinshon’s model of behavioral activation, 4) Martell’s model of behavioral activation, or 5) wait-list control. All groups (including the … Läs mer

Does Internet based guided-self-help for depression cause harm?

Almost nothing is known about potential negative effects of Internet-based psychological treatments for depression. In a new study, that was just accepted for publication in Psychological Medicine we aimed at investigating deterioration and its moderators within randomised trials on Internet-based guided self-help interventions for adult depression, using an individual patient data meta-analyses (IPDMA) approach. Studies … Läs mer

Therapist behaviours in internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) for depressive symptoms

In a paper we published today we stat that Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) is efficacious for treating depression. However, therapist guidance has been identified as important for favourable outcomes. Yet, We have only limited knowledge about the fundamental components of therapist guidance in ICBT. The purpose of this new study was to systematically examine … Läs mer

Smartphone-Supported versus Full Behavioural Activation for Depression: A Randomised Controlled Trial

There is need for more cost and time effective treatments for depression. This is the first randomised controlled trial in which a blended treatment – including four face-to-face sessions and a smartphone application – was compared against a full behavioural treatment. Hence, the aim of the current paper was to examine whether a blended smartphone … Läs mer

Experiential Avoidance and Rumination in Parents of Children on Cancer Treatment

This week we published a new study in Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. We conducted a cross-sectional survey study to investigate whether there is a relationship between experiential avoidance, rumination, post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), and symptoms of depression, in parents of children on cancer treatment.   Data from 79 parents (55 mothers) of … Läs mer

Predictors of treatment dropout in self-guided web-based interventions for depression: An individual patient data meta-analysis

Dropout can be predicted by several variables and is not randomly distributed. This knowledge may inform tailoring of online self-help interventions to prevent dropout in identified groups at risk.

It is well known that web-based interventions can be effective treatments for depression. However, dropout rates in web-based interventions are typically high, especially in self-guided web-based interventions. Rigorous empirical evidence regarding factors influencing dropout in self-guided web-based interventions is lacking due to small study sample sizes. In a new paper published in Psychological Medicine we … Läs mer

Treating Major Depression with Physical Activity: A Systematic Overview with Recommendations


Today a newly accepted paper became accessible online. It is a part of a forthcoming special issue on Exercise in the Treatment on Anxiety-Related and Depressive Disorders. Guest editors are Gordon Asmundson, Mike Powers and Jasper Smits. In total there will be ten papers: Running as Interoceptive Exposure for Decreasing Anxiety Sensitivity: Replication and Extension … Läs mer