Internet interventions for adults with anxiety and mood disorders: a narrative umbrella review of recent meta-analyses

Gerhard Andersson*, Per Carlbring, Nickolai Titov, Nils Lindefors

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    Abstract

    Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) has existed for 20 years and there are now several controlled trials for a range of problems. In this paper, we focused on recent meta-analytic reviews of the literature and found moderate to large effects reported for panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and major depression. In total, we reviewed 9 recent meta-analytic reviews out of a total of 618 meta-analytic reviews identified using our search terms. In these selected reviews, 166 studies were included, including overlap in reviews on similar conditions. We also covered a recent review on transdiagnostic treatments and 2 reviews on face-to-face v. internet treatment. The growing number of meta-analytic reviews of studies now suggests that ICBT works and can be as effective as face-to-face therapy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)465-470
    Number of pages6
    JournalCanadian Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume64
    Issue number7
    Early online date16 May 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

    Keywords

    • internet delivery
    • cognitive behaviour therapy
    • long-term effects
    • depression
    • anxiety

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