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The Use of Technology in Mental Health Treatment

Technology has become an increasingly common part of mental health treatment, with a variety of different ways in which it can be used. One...
Mental health

Technology has become an increasingly common part of mental health treatment, with a variety of different ways in which it can be used. One example is virtual IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Programs, which are offered online and allow participants to receive treatment from the comfort of their own homes. Other forms of technology that can be used in mental health treatment include phone apps, online therapy, and even video games. Each of these technologies has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to consider which would be the best fit for each individual.

Online Therapy

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When we talk about online therapy, we’re talking about therapy that takes place over the internet. This can include therapy sessions that are conducted completely online, or it can refer to therapy that includes a mixture of online and in-person sessions.There are a lot of benefits to online therapy. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that it makes therapy more accessible. It’s often easier and more convenient to schedule a session online than it is to schedule a session in-person. And, for some people, online therapy may be more comfortable than in-person therapy. This is because online therapy allows people to remain anonymous, which can be helpful for people who are hesitant to talk about their personal life with a therapist.

Online therapy can also be helpful for people who live in rural areas or who don’t have access to a therapist in their area. And, for people who are struggling with a mental health condition, online therapy can be a great way to get started with various types of treatment.

One common type of technology-based treatment is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a type of therapy that focuses on changing the thoughts and behaviours that contribute to mental health issues. CBT can be delivered in a number of different ways, including through a computer program or app.

Another type of technology-based treatment is mindfulness therapy. Mindfulness therapy helps people focus on the present moment and teaches them how to accept their thoughts and feelings without judgement. Mindfulness therapy can be delivered through a computer program or app, or it can be done in person with a therapist.

Mobile Applications

Another common use of technology in mental health treatment is phone apps. There are a wide variety of different phone apps that can be used to help with mental health, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. These apps can be used to track symptoms, provide information on different treatments, and even provide support from other users.

All of these apps offer different features, so it is important to find the one that is best suited to your needs. They offers a variety of different tools, including goal setting, mood tracking, and community support.

Video Games

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A newer form of technology that is being used in mental health treatment is video games. Video games have been around for decades, and they have been used to treat a variety of different mental health conditions. There are a number of different video games that have not been designed specifically for mental health treatment, but are used to treat a variety of different conditions or symptoms. Some of these games include Tetris, Angry Birds, Minecraft, and Pokémon Go.

Video games can be an effective treatment for mental health conditions for a number of reasons. First, they are fun and engaging, which can help to keep patients interested in treatment. Second, they can help patients to practice skills that they are working on in therapy. For example, if a patient is working on improving their self-esteem, they can practice these skills by playing a game that rewards them for completing tasks. Finally, video games can provide a sense of mastery and accomplishment, which can be helpful for patients who are struggling with low self-esteem or depression.

Technology can be a great addition to mental health treatment, and there are a variety of different phone apps that can be helpful. Find the app that is best suited to your needs and give it a try!

Lana Carson is executive editor of Urban Tulsa. Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and The Huffington Post.
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