Does self-help treatment for anxiety disorders work?

This blogpost has recently appeared on the Mental Elf blog. I thought it may interest you as it focuses on self-management for anxiety disorders, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Many people struggle with anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social phobia, and PTSD. Moreover, about 30% of us have an anxiety disorder at some point in our life (Kessler et al 2005) but most people never receive treatment.

Self-help interventions may provide a solution when people are unable or unwilling to participate in face-to-face treatment: waiting lists don’t have to be an issue, there is no need to travel to appointments, and costs can be low.

But do these interventions work? And if so, how well do they work compared to face-to-face treatment? Continue reading