How Psychology Is Adapting To The World Of Tech

How Psychology Is Adapting To The World Of Tech

With the increased use of online therapy and wellness-based mobile applications, the field of mental health is following in the path of physical health initiatives in the design of more accessible and convenient platforms. Online programs, such as MassMen.org , allow users to remain anonymous — a feature that has never before been possible. This may encourage those less likely to seek help to address their mental health concerns. While these programs provide services through different platforms, to a different audience and from a greater distance than ever before, it remains to be seen how these services will transform the field of mental health. The World Health Organization has declared the gap between those in need of mental health treatment and our capacity to meet this need a significant, global problem . What effects have we seen so far from virtual therapy initiatives, and what positive (or negative) outcomes can we expect as more communities take on this accessible, anonymous form of therapy? One advantage of virtual treatment is that it occurs on a platform that has become comfortable and familiar to many: On average, children ages 8 to 18 spend more than 7 hours per day online , and adults aren’t far behind. Virtual options for mental health and wellness can be beneficial for reaching a larger spectrum of individuals in need. Studies have shown that, in some cases, virtual therapy can be more efficient than traditional therapy . Higher outcome rates are likely propelled by the convenience and accessibility of the online platform: Once you connect with technology, you’re able to utilize many resources. Because these programs are online, they can be used through any device with an Internet connection, including a mobile phone. It is interesting to think about the implications this modality can have for […]

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