Internet- and mobile-based interventions such as online self-help programs or early relapse detection systems using text messages have the potential to increase the number of treatment options for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders. On the one hand, the dissemination of evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavior therapy for schizophrenia - which at present are not available for many treatment-seeking patients - could be facilitated by an Internet-based self-help format. On the other hand, treatments such as pharmacotherapy can be improved by using technology. Benefits and risks of Internet- and mobile-based interventions are discussed from the perspectives of professionals and patients, based on the available empirical evidence. Access to and usage of computers and smartphones does not seem to be a barrier for people with schizophrenia. Although the current evidence does not yet allow a conclusive assessment, the novel developments in the field of Internet- and mobile-based interventions for psychotic symptoms promise to extend the current treatment repertoire from which people diagnosed with schizophrenia can choose in accordance with their life situation and needs.
- Internet therapy