This health video looks into the use of psychiatry online.
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Jennifer Matthews: Samantha Mc-Dermott is feeling the pressures of life. She's recently divorced, she just bought a new home, and now she's running her own business. That's a recipe for stress. Samantha McDermott: I cannot sleep at night. I have a real hard time sleeping. Jennifer Matthews: Samantha needed help but didn't have time for therapy. She found what she needed with a new type of therapy - online therapy. Dr. Roger Gould: The computer does the first phase, which does the interview, and gives a preliminary analysis. Jennifer Matthews: Samantha went through a computerized interview designed to get to the bottom of her stress. Samantha McDermott: I found it very helpful because it allowed me to sit in the comfort of my own home, and go through a series of questions, where I was able to come to my own conclusions. Jennifer Matthews: Her virtual doctor's prescription? To speak up and discuss her feelings with loved ones something Samantha admits she doesn't always do. And though she was satisfied with the feedback, some mental health professionals warn that online therapy has its limitations. Peggy Miller: If we could all get a diagnosis, and leave the office, and take off with it and implement it, then psychotherapists would not have second visits with their clients. Jennifer Matthews: While online psychotherapy may not be for everyone - for treating stress, it may be possible to click away your problems. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.