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Childress & Asamen (1998) outline a vital connection between psychology and the internet considering its widespread use presently. According to these scholars, the internet is a widely preferred mode of communication that harbours several benefits and as a result, its full understanding and exceptional use determine the levels of success registered by phychotherapy professionals. Childress and Asamen (1998) discuss some approaches for conducting interventions via the internet some of which include the electronic mail, World Wide Web (WWW), Internet Relay Chat (IRC), the electronic mail and the Multi-user Dungeons.
One of the main psychological problems for which people have to seek psychotherapy is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as identified by University of Western Ontario (2012). University of Western Ontario (2012) claim that PTSD memories pose a challenge to the people`s recovery and as a result, therapy should target minimizing them.
In regard to the above mentioned problem, a good way to intervene electronically would be to use the World Wide Web. This form of intervention would be useful because according to Childress & Asamen (1998), the World Wide Web makes it possible for people to access websites, organizations institutions and other electronically available pieces of information that can assist them to overcome their problems. Care should however be taken to control information posting as part of minimizing misinformation. It would also be beneficial to give directions to credible sources of information to clients. In this case, information presented on the World Wide Web ought to target different populations that are predisposed to PTSD and post information about the same. In using the World Wide Web, PTSD professionals may post the discovered ways that would ensure people do not re-experience their traumatic events. PTSD professionals may propose the adoption of discovered and outlined interventions on the WWW and may place contacts for more information on the same. Access to useful WWW information may be fastened through search engine incorporation and other ways that make it easy for clients. Information may include varied options depending on involved cases.
The proposed intervention may halt PTSD by blocking memories that lead to the reliving of traumatic events. Memories associated with PTSD are intrusive because they come at any time and interfere with people`s “normal” memory flows and activities. Intrusive memories are obstructive and therefore they may negatively affect people`s performances at work or in other settings such as academic ones. Blockage of such memories may improve productivity and make people`s lives easier. PTSD memories, if not controlled, are known to aggravate and later on to lead to worse psychological problems. Blocking such memories therefore serves as a way to improve people`s overall health and ensuring that their work, academic and social lives are sustained for personal and economic benefits.
Childress, C., & Asamen, J. K. (1998). The emerging relationship of psychology and the internet: proposed guidelines for conducting internet intervention research. Ethics & Behavior, 8(1), 19-35.
University of Western Ontario (2012). Research identifies a way to block memories associated with PTSD or drug addiction. Retrieved Dec, 25, 2012, from
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