Technology & Mental Health.

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Today we are surrounded by technology in every part of our life. If you look around yourself, you will see the influence of technology in every part of your life. You are reading this on a screen, you buy stuff online and if you had the choice, you would probably use a Segue to move around. (Let’s hope that soon becomes a reality.).

Technology is all around us. There is stuff that we couldn’t have thought about doing previously but with the rapid advancements, nothing seems too far away. It is also important to be able to differentiate between the internet and other technology. Technology may include apps, social media, smart televisions, smart watches and the internet among other things. How then, does this technology impact our mental health? Does it degrade it or does it give us a platform to connect better with people who can help?

Technology is Not That Bad.

People often think that technology has given a platform to hatred and anger of people to be displayed as an equal and valid opinion. This is commonly thought of as a fact for social media websites like Twitter or Facebook. Technology, according to scientific studies, is not that bad.

Social Media-

The relation between social media use and depression is often quoted by people. Something that is always missing is that it is not clear whether the depression is a cause or effect of the social media use. Moreover, none of the people who participated had been diagnosed with depression. They had reported that they felt depressed but hadn’t actually been diagnosed.

Moreover, social media became a rage at a time when the diagnostic manual was being updated as well. This may have led to increased number of diagnoses which co-incided with the increased use of social media.

Meanwhile, somewhere Mark Zuckerbug must be taking a sigh of relief.

Apps to the rescue!

With the advent of apps for Android and Apple store, many institutes have come up with applications that would help with keeping track of daily moods and emotions. Even NIMHANS, the Indian Colossal, has made an app called “PUSH-D”. Apps that keep a check on daily activity and sleeping patterns can help fine tune the drug regime for a patient and could help doctors understand more.

fMRI FTW!!

fMRIs have been used to map images of the brain to understand and predict teenagers who are at risk for depression or bipolar disorder. The tech has had promising results so far. It is one of the most promising developments in the field of mental illness treatment.

Still in Infancy.

Technology as a means to help people with mental illnesses is still in its infancy. The apps and techs that have been developed don’t have certain and 100% success rate but the initial results are really promising. Technology has become a part of our daily life now and we are rightly called the ‘Age of Technology’. It is time we embrace the role technology could play in mental treatments as well.

Maybe, the segue will bring us out from the darkness and into the light.


9 Comments

syncwithdeep · April 22, 2018 at 9:57 PM

first time hearing about the app. pathetic, we need someone to keep us on checks. life has become so mechanical and we have forgotten to see the other beautiful end. In my opinion, i would add up to say, too much of social media adds up to depression. it leads to comparison. instagram is one such and I see many of my friends posing and posting friends eery minute for followers. technology is a blessing but can be a distraction too.

Sunita · April 22, 2018 at 10:04 PM

Amen.
It’s for us human beings to use tech as a blessing to move forward rather than become a slave of technology.

Meena · April 22, 2018 at 11:42 PM

There have been many news paper articles that highlight the effect of use of tech creating mental health. There has to be more scientific research about this.

    knightofsteel · April 23, 2018 at 7:26 AM

    It’s actually a surprisingly unchartered territory for science right now. The researches have only started in the laat 30 years or so.

Ashwini Menon (@Ashwini_Menon) · April 23, 2018 at 4:59 AM

Enlightening post. I want a Segue too!!

    knightofsteel · April 23, 2018 at 7:27 AM

    You might get one but knowing how to operate it is a different issue altogether 😛

Anagha Yatin · April 23, 2018 at 5:27 AM

Technology is a double edged sword. When used in the ways like PUSHD, fMRI; it becomes a boon. Hope more and more helpful tools and methods are devised with the help of technology, in this field. Can see that much deserves to be done in this sphere.

    knightofsteel · April 23, 2018 at 7:28 AM

    Yes there are likely to be more inventions and innovations in this field. When I started searching about it, I was surprised by how little there is here so far.

cherylsterling1955 · April 23, 2018 at 9:14 AM

We need apps for diagnosis of all illnesses. Id we can use them to diagnose and treat, then mankind will be enriched.

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