Feeling Blue? Soon There Will Be an App for That
In this age of pocket computers, one is left to marvel at the ways cyber technology has improved our lives. And now, scientists are pushing the envelope further by developing smartphones applications that can administer psychiatric therapy.
Like their flesh and blood counterparts, virtual therapy apps rely on the modern psychotherapeutic approach of cognitive behavioral therapy, which attempts to correct psychological disorders through a series of cognitive and behavioral modifications. Researchers believe they have evidence of substantial improvement in early trials, with some anxiety patients reported to have improved enough that they no longer fit the diagnosis criteria.
Just as in other trends portability can often mean better accessibility, and for mental health providers, this is a big deal. Scientists are hoping they can reach out to patients who might otherwise avoid treatment for personal or social reasons. For others it could translate into cheaper and more immediate treatment options.