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.

FDA approves first app to treat substance use disorder

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced that it has approved the first mobile app to help treat individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). The app, known as Reset, uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and is intended to be used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant SUDs.

How To Pitch Essays To BuzzFeed Health For Mental Health Week

From October 2 through 8, 2017, BuzzFeed Health will be publishing a lineup of content (reporting, essays, first-person accounts, videos, and more) on mental health, mental illness, access to care, treatment, and related topics. It’s timed to coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week and our goal is to amplify the voices and stories of people Read more

Doctor on Demand, MDLIVE offer free video visits to victims of Hurricane Harvey

One of the many things extreme weather makes difficult is accessing healthcare services, a near impossibility when a deluge of rain has trapped people in homes and shelters. Telemedicine companies are jumping in to fill the void, offering physician consultations remotely to those who may be trapped by flooding and extreme winds.

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