How Mental Health Technology Is Transforming Healthcare

How Mental Health Technology Is Transforming HealthcareIf you want to improve your emotional wellbeing, then you’ll be interested to learn how mental health technology is transforming healthcare for people around the world. Read on for recommendations.

Technology has already invaded every aspect of human life.

For example…

  • entertainment
  • education
  • employment
  • general lifestyle

There’s been lots of new online tech inventions…

  • social media
  • movies
  • music
  • online libraries
  • education courses,
  • online websites for job hunting

Plus there’s been advanced technologies in…

  • automobiles
  • gadgets
  • home appliances
  • aids for daily living

Plus, technology has also proven worthy in the advancement of…

  • science
  • agriculture
  • medicine

The way technology has improved and transformed general healthcare services is very impressive, especially in mental health tech. Gone are the primitive days of going out to find mental health services. They’re now all one click away!

As you might know, I’m a bestselling author, award winning designer and happiness researcher. I wrote a book called Happy Habits.

In my research, I learned a lot about how to make sure you develop positive habits which lead to your best life – by embracing specific principles of “habit formation.”

One of the main principles of habit formation: tTy to make the habits you do feel convenient and simple.

Well, these days mental health technology has made big progress when it comes to convenience. In this article I will be sharing some of the best technological products to boost you mental and emotional states.

How Mental Health Technology Is Transforming Healthcare

Below is glimpse at some of today’s best mental health technology.

1. Mental Health Apps

Mental health services are now portable and accessible due to technology. There are mental health apps that offer excellent benefits that could provide help regarding mental health issues. They can simply be accessed on most gadgets. Hit the search engine, find the apps, and explore. 

There are many applications to choose from which are dependent on the need of every person. Here are the most common and guaranteed apps as follows:

Meditation Apps:

There are many of these mediation apps and courses online. This type of practice dated back to 5000 BC in India and arrived in the states by the 1700s. There are many proven benefits of meditation such as betterment of overall mental and physical well-being, improvement of energy circulation, improvement of memory and focus, reduction of anxiety and stress, and finally, low chances of depression. 

The Anxiety Cure:

This is a video courses which offers research based relaxation training – from the worlds of psychology, biology, neuroscience and Eastern Philosophies (aka meditation.)  Best of all the videos are delivered in convenient 1 – 10 minute video sessions. Learn more here!

Headspace:

This is an app that offers introductory courses on essential meditation and mindfulness. However, if one gets very interested and gets hooked on the app, better subscribe to it, to experience great services and many more explored. Moreover, Headspace provides a daily meditation menu and mindful exercises specifically designed to cater to the user’s goals. Also, this app is best recommended for those who are new to mediation and want to give it a try. 

Calm:

This app flaunts its “happiest app in the world” advertisement. It provides its users a lot of services centered on relaxation. The app services include sleep and meditation audios. These will serve as a guide for various durations of meditation. There are also Sleep Stories narrated by celebrities. It’s meant to help a user doze off and have a sound sleep. This app is like those of ASMR videos published on YouTube. The ASMR artists pattern their content from their viewers. They create sleep-inducing videos to help users fall asleep quickly. This type of relaxation app is best suited for those who find difficulty in sleeping and relaxing.

10% Happier:

Like the apps mentioned above, this one focuses its services on guided meditations, mindfulness, and personal coaching, and all of those can be accessed through mobile devices. Besides, the app includes a free weekly newsletter and podcast, which are designed to entertain and inform the subscribers regarding their respective journeys in living a happier life. 

2. Telehealth Services

Mental health isn’t a joke. It’s a serious subject matter that should be more visible to society. Although it’s stigmatized and seen as a weakness, mental health affects overall well-being. It’s as important as physical health. Most often than not, mental health struggles involve the calming of the mind. It takes courage to face people’s troubles because it’s easier to escape. However, it’s a different situation now. Mental health tech has allowed therapists to be closer to those who need help. 

The following apps are telehealth services for online therapy that one should check out. 

Talkspace:

This online therapy provides access to psychiatric services, couples therapy, and teen therapy. As for its medium, it’s done through videos, messages, and phone sessions. It’s more convenient for those who aren’t comfortable with personal confrontations. Moreover, Talkspace allows switching if one isn’t that comfortable or connected to their current therapist. This means that one can have a different licensed therapist. After all, the client’s comfort is their top priority. Also, service plans are available to many businesses, health plan providers, and schools. 

DotCom Therapy:

This online therapy specializes in children with developmental disabilities such as autism. It provides schools with mental health services through videoconferencing. The services included are:

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Educational Audiology
  • Case Manager Services

Two Chairs:

This online therapy is a California-based healthcare provider. Although their clinics were forced to close due to Covid-19, the app was developed for teletherapy service for patient care during the pandemic. Moreover, it guarantees a solid patient-therapist matching process to ensure the effectiveness of the virtual psychotherapy sessions. 

Stop Emotional Eating Support:

This online therapeutic support is based in research on cognitive dissonance and NLP. It’s not a diet program. It’s a permanent habit changing program – with tools to help you to retrain your brain to crave healthier foods and more self loving habits. More info here.

3. Digital Therapeutics 

Digital therapeutics are developed from software and digital health devices. They are mainly used for the prevention, management, and treatment of medical conditions. This type of therapeutics is the product of scientific studies to ensure effectiveness and safety. With its combined inpatient and outpatient treatment plans, it offers another level of patient care. 

The following are an example of digital therapy:

Brain.fm:

This digital therapy was developed by scientists and musicians to create music that promotes brain activities that are aligned to the user’s specific goals. It uses electroencephalography and functional MRI data for further studies on the brain’s electrical activity. If there’s a need to focus, create aesthetically, reach a meditative state, or clear the mind, this therapy has the correct music genre to support and improve one’s well-being.

Pear Therapeutic:

This digital therapy offers two services: outpatient substance abuse recovery and chronic insomnia treatment. The software uses cognitive-behavioral therapy. With clinical supervision, therapists can monitor the patient’s progress as they go along the completion of the program. 

Apollo Neuroscience:

Lastly, this digital therapy promises stress reduction. It’s a Bluetooth-connected device that helps users recover from stress through evidence-based vibration patterns. 

Conclusion on Mental Health Technologies

There’s no doubt that technology has concrete benefits than disadvantages depending on the usage. Research has shown that mental health technology is vital in terms of mental health, especially during the current public health crisis. This means that there’s a brighter future for those suffering from mental health issues as this mental health technology is progressively developed by science to cater to the needs of society itself. 

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