Many children lack the basic literacy skills needed to discern the difference between opinion and fact. So it’s no surprise that the NSPCC has had an increase in calls from children anxious about world events.
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.
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.
A lot of online health information is well intentioned and informative, but some of it can be misleading. For example, some websites pair the early experience of fairly minor symptoms to potentially deadly chronic illnesses.
Smartphone technology is antithetical to contentment by design. The algorithms are driven by distraction. A distracted mind cannot be content, for it constantly seeks stimulation.
Blue Cross has invested in a four-year-old Minneapolis firm, Learn to Live, that offers a battery of online treatment options. The internet-based therapy is getting good marks from employers, workers and experts.
As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and often feels disconnected from the “real” world, it’s no surprise I’ve spent a lot of time in online support groups. All of this was long before I reached recovery, became a writer, or even heard the term “peer support.”
Host Brian McDonough speaks with Dr. John Huber, Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, about the reasons why millennials are struggling with depression and anxiety, and tips for helping these patients handle the unique stressors in life they are facing.
A 2016 National Alliance on Mental Illness survey found 80 percent of respondents were more likely to have difficulty finding a therapist who would accept their insurance compared with other types of specialty medical care. That may make apps that promise low-cost plans, such as $79 a session or $150 a month, attractive to investigate.
Thanks to social media, purpose and meaning have become conflated with glamour: Extraordinary lives look like the norm on the internet. Yet the idea that a meaningful life must be or appear remarkable is not only elitist but also misguided.
Samsung has announced a new VR-focused partnership with Gangam Severance Hospital in Seoul. The electronics giant will provide VR headsets and wearable devices to the hospital, while software developer FNI will create mental health diagnostic tools and interventions.
The new David’s law took effect on September 1st. It adds protections relating to cyberbullying and cyberabuse of students. The law was named after sixteen-year-old David Molak of San Antonio who was so tortured by online bullies, he killed himself.
While it might seem unrealistic for parents to restrict the time their children spend on their devices, “The correlations between depression and smartphone use are strong enough to suggest that more parents should be telling their kids to put down their phone.”
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
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.
Kevin Wade, a mental health expert from West Texas Counseling and Guidance, said the influx of media may have a greater affect on you than you thought. “Watching it on TV can actually affect people much the same way as if [you] were there watching it happen in real time,” Wade said.
A new study, conducted at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, may ultimately help to determine whether online gaming should be listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a true mental health disorder.
Far from psychiatry being a neutral, and purely objective endeavour, set apart from the messy reality of politics and culture, psychic driving reveals how knowledge about the human mind is profoundly shaped by the concerns and priorities of the societies that produce it.
The appeal is obvious: Some 20-somethings are making millions by playing video games or dispensing beauty tips online. But the pressure of having to endlessly produce original content that makes them look accessible, transparent and authentic has proved too much for some people, including Essena O’Neill.
The search engine now offers a tool which will allow US users to test if they’re clinically depressed. It’s hard not to have mixed feelings about the initiative.
Those who study human behavior attribute hate speech more to deep personality issues than to a diagnosable mental illness. But they’re also intrigued by how the white supremacy movement is rebranding itself for the 21st century.
People in the U.S. who type “clinical depression” in Google search via a mobile device will now be invited to check if they are clinically depressed via a screening questionnaire.
Imagine if doctors could determine, many years in advance, who is likely to develop dementia. Thanks to artificial intelligence research conducted at McGill University, this kind of predictive power could soon be available to clinicians everywhere.
Daniella Isaacs had orthorexia, an eating disorder not about thinness, but rather a moral or righteous fixation on consuming “pure” and “clean” foods. Her new autobiographical play viscerally documents Isaacs’ journey from smoothie-gulping goddess to messy, complex, but ultimately happier human being.
Social Media, Social Responsibility: Why Online Platforms And Government Must Work Together On Young People’s Mental Health
Young people’s online engagement represents an opportunity to develop advice and support services in line with and responsive to their needs and expectations of those services.
Insurance coverage of mental health services via telehealth technology is surging to unprecedented levels amid an opioid abuse epidemic and increased access to behavioral healthcare generally, a new report and telemedicine companies say.
Whether you like posting black-and-white photos or prefer adding filters that make colors pop, your Instagram account may provide clues about your mental health, a new study finds.
The Concrn app debuted in San Francisco. Experts see some benefits to the new product but say more needs to be done to make it effective.
The goal is to try to figure out what biomarkers connect a traumatic event to the development and eventual diagnosis of PTSD. The researchers at the University of North Carolina and Harvard who are running the study have turned to Verily, the health-focused Google spinoff, for help with data collection and management.
In a world of instant satisfaction from “likes” and filters, it’s often difficult not to get lost in the temporary reality of social media. But for anyone living with anxiety, depression or another mental health disorder, feeds of happy faces and romantic relationships can leave one feeling a sense of loneliness and isolation.