The disks are the latest NHS treatment for patients suffering from depression. Instead of seeing a doctor or therapist, sufferers will be given an appointment to use the disk and told to do what it tells them for the next two months.
Britain's first computer-based psychiatric treatment is being pioneered in 20 GPs' surgeries in Manchester and Essex. A CD-Rom titled Beating the Blues is designed to treat patients suffering from panic attacks and anxiety as well as depression.
Patients visiting their GP are prescribed eight one-hour sessions of computer therapy. The CD-Rom, installed on a computer housed in its own office at each of the surgeries, questions them about their problems and then tells them about classic cases of depression.
Through a series of questions and answers normally asked a doctor or therapist, the disk aims to teach patients how to change their lives and deal with problems in the future.Reuse content