The state is teaming up with Silicon Valley to make mental health services more available. Promises abound, and so do potential problems.
Researchers seek out ‘behavioral biomarkers’ for mental illness; facial expressions, voice and language may offer clues.
Mental health apps don’t promise to be a replacement for professional help, but can be useful tools in the treatment of subclinical problems (such as everyday anxious feelings and low moods) and the prevention of clinical problems (such as depression and anxiety disorders). Some psychologists or mental health clinicians use apps in addition to the work they do with clients and patients.
With long NHS waiting lists for talking therapies, many of those living with mental health problems are turning to apps as an alternative solution, but could they be exacerbating the problem?
Apps claiming to effectively diagnose and manage mental health disorders are multiplying and their audience is growing, but does the science really support their claims?
Apps and software that aim to help you feel better.
We can’t seem to figure out how to make a good placebo for controlled studies.
For months I tried doing little tasks designed to improve my life, hoping they would add up to something big.
New apps promise to diagnose mental health problems. But there are reasons to be cautious.
Most apps designed for mental health sufferers -- including those endorsed by the NHS -- are clinically unproven and potentially ineffective, a new study has shown.
Priori is one of many efforts to address mental health through smartphone apps. Tools gestating within startups, academic institutions, and research clinics aim to help people manage everything from severe depression to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Products meant to make me feel better just stressed me out more.
Frustrated by the failures in his field, Tom Insel, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is now trying to reduce the world’s anguish through the devices in people’s pockets.
To meet the need, a cottage industry has developed: Well-intentioned and enterprising individuals have designed over 3,000 apps dedicated to mental health, only some of which are free. The apps vary in function but most fall in line with the current zeitgeist of Track Thyself (whether it be calories, weight, steps or depression). The good news is that these kinds of apps increase access to health support and that access is portable. But their use should be supplemental, rather than a primary therapeutic avenue.
Thankfully there are countless apps out there to help counteract the negativity we face on a daily basis. While these apps are ~not~ a replacement for therapy, medication, and other treatments you can get from a medical professional, they can help you make your mental health a priority. Here are a few of our favorites...
I’ve found that apps are an effective — and significantly cheaper — way to maintain both the progress I’ve made in therapy and my mental well-being in general.
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