Despite a reported 6,500% global increase in doctors recommending mental health apps to patients, research suggests they can never substitute for traditional person-to-person care.
For decades, doctors and patients have used telemedicine. But it gained wider use when the COVID-19 pandemic led to canceled appointments and closed clinics.
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By creating both an urgent need for mental health care and the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic is enabling telemedicine to go mainstream.
Social media does have some redeeming features – and its utility will depend on how you use it. But for many of us, the reward no longer outweighs the harms.
There are thousands of mobile phone applications to aid in mental health, but very few have been validated scientifically.
The relevance of digital technologies in maintaining mental health has never been greater. However, many have not been scientifically proven and their effectiveness is unknown.
Digital technology may help improve the effectiveness of anti-stigma education programs.
People seeking mental health care still encounter stigma, even within the health system. New tools for teaching and sharing information may help address it.
Everyone has a different reason for sharing a mental health story.
Here’s what you need to know before you share your mental health story, or ask others to share.
Digital approaches mean people can access therapies from their own home.
Online therapies for mental health can be as effective as talking therapies. If we want to expand access to mental health care, it’s important we embrace digital approaches.