Online therapy helps ease medical residents' thoughts of suicide

The stress of medical residency can be so severe that many doctors-in-training are at high risk for depression and thoughts of suicide. But time pressures, stigmas associated with mental illness and other barriers can make it hard for them to get professional help. Online therapy shows promise as an effective and convenient way to help doctors, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study involved interns at Yale University and the University of Southern California. After accounting for initial group differences that could increase chances for depression and suicidal thoughts, the researchers calculated that interns who got online therapy sessions were 60 percent less likely to have those thoughts than the control group. Study