Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Innovative Technologies for Mental Illness

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Mental health is extremely complicated, and can be difficult to treat effectively. While behavioral health therapies have made leaps and bound over the last several decades, there is still a lot more that can be done, especially when you compare the aforementioned field with other areas of the healthcare sector. Fortunately, the millions of Americans living with mental illness can look to their cellular devices for more than phone calls and mobile gaming, they can now find assistance.

In recent years there has been a rise in research in the field of mental health and/or addiction which utilizes smartphones. Researchers have realized that they can exponentially increase their reach and scope with smartphones apps, and gather real time data that would have otherwise taken long periods of time to collect.

What’s more, computer scientists with help of mental health experts can develop applications that people suffering from mental health issues can download and use as tools for dealing with their illnesses, such as: addiction, anxiety and depression. A number of companies are now innovating in the field of mental health, which will vastly alter the mental health treatment landscape, Forbes reports. Below we will highlight a few innovative technologies that people living with mental illness may want to look into:
  • Pala-linq - As the company's website states: “We are on a quest to revolutionize recovery. We are developing a mobile/web application and wearable tech accessory for on-the-go recovery support.” For those in recovery who are interested, the technology will help connect you with your support network with the aim of preventing relapse. You can sign up to be a beta-tester, which will help the company move closer to launching its innovative app.

  • Pacifica - Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, this app is designed to address anxiety. The company's website states: “Pacifica distills these techniques down into simple, quick, daily activities and provides a way for people to track their progress.”

  • Fisher Wallace Stimulator - Taking it one step further, this FDA approved device for the treatment of depression, anxiety and (possibly) it will help with bipolar disorder. Users put on a headband which stimulates the brain to produce serotonin and other neurochemicals required to reduce depression and anxiety. Please keep in mind that if you are interested in using the stimulator, you will need approval from your health care provider.

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