In a Washington Post story, Cyber-Catharsis: Bloggers Use Web Sites as Therapy, examples of how bloggers are using blogs for psychological therapy is fascinating.
Nearly half of bloggers consider it a form of therapy, according to a recent survey sponsored by America Online Inc. And although some psychologists question the use of the Internet for therapy, one hospital in High Point, N.C., started devoting space to patients’ blogs on its Web site, a practice Inova Fairfax Hospital is also considering.
The patients use only first names on their blogs. Mary, a patient at the High Point Regional Health System, started blogging about ups and downs following her mini-gastric bypass surgery in March.
“Before having this surgery, I could look at the largest person on earth and think I was as big or bigger,” she wrote.
The project has been so successful — both as a marketing tool for the hospital and a form of group therapy for patients who get feedback from their readers — that High Point is considering adding video blogs, said Eric Fletcher, a spokesman for the hospital.