Computer-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy for pregnant women with major depressive disorder

Deborah R. Kim, Liisa Hantsoo, Michael E. Thase, Mary Sammel, C. Neill Epperson

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BACKGROUND: Pregnant women with major depressive disorder (MDD) report that psychotherapy is a more acceptable treatment than pharmacotherapy. However, although results of several studies suggest that psychotherapy is an effective treatment for pregnant women, logistical barriers-including cost and traveling for weekly visits-can limit real-world utility. We hypothesized that computer-assisted cognitive behavior therapy (CCBT) would be both acceptable and would significantly decrease depressive symptoms in pregnant women with MDD.

METHODS: As a preliminary test of this hypothesis, we treated 10 pregnant women with MDD using a standardized CCBT protocol.

RESULTS: The pilot results were very promising, with 80% of participants showing treatment response and 60% showing remission after only eight sessions of CCBT.

CONCLUSION: A larger, randomized controlled trial of CCBT in pregnant women with MDD is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)842-848
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of women's health (2002)
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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