Behavioral and mental health care is beginning to experience an explosion in with the evoloving technology trends.
FREMONT, CA: Much of the health technology industry focuses on physical maladies, but technologies can also provide new ways to treat mental health disorders. Technology has opened new avenues in mental health treatment. Mobile devices and other technological advancements are giving the public, doctors, and researchers innovative ways to access help, monitor progress, and increase understanding of mental wellbeing. The following highlights technologies that are assisting in the treatment of mental health conditions.
Virtual Reality (VR)
VR has an important role to play in the field of mental health. VR headsets can assist desensitize patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder by recreating their personal triggers. This helps patients develop new coping techniques in the safe environment of their own homes or at a clinic. VR can also help patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other disorders.
Mental Health Apps
These days, there is an app for everything from shopping lists to weather forecasting. Mental health apps have proven to be very useful. Apps can be used anywhere, as they are connected to a mobile device. This portability makes them incredibly useful, specifically for the younger generation, who are found to suffer more from stress and anxiety. Mental health and wellness apps mainly focus on mood, stress, and anxiety.
In addition to apps, telehealth, consulting with a health care provider through phone or video conference, promising opportunities for mental wellbeing. Telehealth offers many advantages for mental health treatment, including reduced costs, helping patients feel more comfortable, and improving care access for patients who can’t see a professional in person. Video conferencing can prove more beneficial than phone calls because video fosters human connection more efficiently than mere audio communication.
Some people don’t feel comfortable attending support groups physically. Others don’t have the time during hectic work hours. As a solution to these, some websites are offering alternatives in the form of internet support groups. With this, people can feel comfortable revealing their problem and engaging with other participants. It also allows users to communicate with one another and educational resources and courses conducted by mental-health professionals.