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As it stands, there’s no way to ensure an app really does what it says it does. There’s no “Good Housekeeping Seal,” so to speak, for these mental health apps - Jeffery Lieberman

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The Use of Apps for Mental Health Has Outpaced the Scientific Evidence

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.

One of the most significant problems with apps is the high attrition rate: People begin using them but often tire of the required dedication quickly. More important, using an…

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