The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) acknowledges both the pros and the cons of the “new technology frontier”, with the risk to health privacy among the additional negatives.
Yet there are advantages, it says, including anonymity, low cost, convenience and 24-hour service.
“Technology may be a good first step for those who have avoided mental health care in the past,” NIMH notes.
Young people seem especially receptive, given their constant use of electronic devices, say technology designers and researchers. For them, turning to a smartphone or tablet when they have a problem is second nature. The ease and anonymity of apps also makes seeking help less stigmatising.
Read the full article titled “From Chatbots to Avatars, New Tools for Taking Control of Your Mental Health” to find out how new technology is changing the healthcare landscape as we know it.
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This post may contain excerpts from an article entitled “From Chatbots to Avatars, New Tools for Taking Control of Your Mental Health” published in The Business Times on 4 July 2018.