The internet is constantly evolving as a result of international technological improvements, and over the past few decades has helped create a more connected world. Just as technology becomes ever more prominent on our lives, its implications and effects on our mental health change. Studies have revealed that overuse of the internet, particularly social media, can increase feelings of depression and dependency, while too much time spent reading negative news or information online can heighten anxiety. However, the internet and new technologies have also helped therapists and professionals advance treatment methods and more easily connect with patients, an adaptation especially crucial in rural or under-served areas.
MDLive originally launched behavioral health services in November 2014. The company reports it has since conducted more than 50,000 virtual mental health visits and is now available to more than 10 million Americans.
While news and politics can be contributing factors to some psychological conditions, the real prevalence and impact must not be obscured by sensationalized headlines or politically motivated pot-stirring. The simple reality is that mental health is tremendously underserved.
In a landmark act of medical leadership, the American Psychiatric Association in January released guidelines to help patients and their clinicians evaluate specific apps. The American Medical Association has announced it will soon follow suit.
A study published recently in Heath Affairs found that most apps failed to respond appropriately when a user entered potentially dangerous health information.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne developed the app after a study discovered that taxi drivers were among the most stressed people in a workplace, Xinhua news agency reported.
As political coverage continues to consume the nation’s attention, two tragedies in the last month prove we are neglecting the growing issues concerning mental illness in a digital generation.
A serious tweet about social media offering a window into people’s mental health sends some Twitterers wondering to whom it might be referring.
There’s no shortage of evidence that loneliness, social anxiety and social isolation can cause excessive use of social networking sites in young people.
Raul Vela can’t change what happened to his daughter, so he’s trying to persuade state lawmakers to increase restrictions on social media, making it harder for cyberbullies to stay anonymous.
Thousands of websites and apps relating to mental health are available but the study discovered that much of the most useful material was difficult to track down in a search.
In NHS IT, mental health is quite often overlooked. Primary care was the earliest sector of the health service to computerise, and the failures and successes of acute hospitals since then have grabbed the most attention.
As part of its $305 million plan to “change the culture” around mental illness, NYC now has its own round-the-clock mental health hotline called NYC Well.
Acceptance starts with an open conversation.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association indicates that there were two specific types of heightened Twitter discussions in 2014 related to mental health.
Persuasive technologies, designed to change people’s attitudes and behaviours, are being deployed in every corner of society. Their practitioners are not so much software engineers as they are social engineers.
It’s part of a larger project to fight the opioid epidemic in hard-hit rural areas such as Appalachia. This summer, the federal government directed $1.4 million to five pilot projects located in southwest Virginia as well as Tennessee and Kentucky.
Like life itself, technologies evolve. So it is that the telephone became the smartphone, that near-at-hand portal to the information superhighway. We have held these powerful devices in the palms of our hands for the better part of a decade now, but there is a palpable sense that in recent years something has shifted, that Read more
Premera Blue Cross is the latest health insurer to add the technology of Quartet to help primary care doctors to better coordinate mental health treatment with psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers.