Online Support Groups and Therapy

  • T. Mark Harwood
  • Luciano L’Abate


A large segment of the population does not receive needed psychiatric services. The reasons for this unfortunate situation are manifold and include (1) restricted access to psychiatric services for rural communities or prison populations, (2) an over-burdened mental health care system, (3) social stigma, (4) financial constraints, (5) time constraints, (6) educational deficits with respect to treatment options and pathological symptoms, and (7) a general tendency to resist entering therapy inherent in some diagnostic categories (e.g., social phobia).


Eating Disorder Social Phobia Panic Disorder Mental Health Issue Online Therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Mark Harwood
    • 1
  • Luciano L’Abate
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentWheaton CollegeWheatonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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