Technology is everywhere nowadays, and it seems to have been incorporated into everything we do from work to school to play. Even seeing a doctor can be done online. And with everyone being so attached to their smart phones, you can expect technology to be involved in even more of our daily activities. Believe it or not, this is a good thing for all of us and can be extremely beneficial for those of us who need mental health care on the go. Here are some of the top technology for mental health recently.
Virtual Reality Headsets
You may have seen people wearing these virtual reality (VR) headsets while playing video games but did you know that they are also beneficial in diagnosing and treating mental health issues? In fact, VR headsets have been being used for treating phobias like acrophobia and arachnophobia for over two decades. By using headsets to expose patients to their fears such as heights or spiders, therapists can help desensitize them gradually without drugs or panic attacks. As a diagnostic tool, VR can create realistic situations to see if they provoke symptoms to determine the patients’ diagnoses. It can also help detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
This headband can give you real-time biofeedback about what is going on inside your brain and help you train your brain to modify itself. Just by wearing the Muse headband and completing the breathing exercises while listening to a variety of different sounds, the headband can tell how calm and focused you are. It can also give you feedback to help you clear your mind. This is an excellent tool for meditation and can help those with anxiety disorders as well at post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This is a small wearable device that measures your respiration to let you know when your stress levels are increasing. It is described as a remote patient monitoring platform and is typically used in a medical environment but has recently been tried for mental health issues such as anxiety disorders. While doctors were using it to monitor post-surgery patients after they went home, it was determined that this can also be helpful for measuring anxiety levels. And another reason to lower your anxiety levels is because Spire is covered by Medicare and other insurance companies.
Another wearable device for your forehead, this one actually simulates nerves that helps train your brain to help you feel better. This is a bioelectronic therapy that uses your nervous system to treat both autoimmune disorders and mental health. It targets autonomic nerve pathways to encourage them to give you that sense of well-being you need to be happy. Thync works especially well in those who have depression caused by an imbalance of certain “feel-good” chemicals in the brain.
Mental Health Apps
There are hundreds of them, and you may have even tried some of them. Mental health apps are all over the place now and becoming more popular than video games in some age groups. In this fast-paced world where everything is done online or on our phones, using a mental health app just makes sense. When you are feeling anxious or stressed at work you can just pick up your phone and tap the app for one of the many calming apps that help you breathe away your anxiety.
Yes, there are certain video games that are good for your mental health. This will make a lot of younger people very happy to hear. Imaging being a teen with social anxiety disorder or depression and finding out that playing video games can actually make you feel better. It is also being tested in treating PTSD by using attention-control training programs to reduce avoidance and preoccupation of certain things they see as threats.
Nothing can actually replace therapy for those who need it though. In fact, all of these techniques are typically monitored by a mental health professional. Especially the VR headset. That one has to be done in conjunction with the therapist who prescribes the headset therapy. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, or just have some questions or concerns about your mental health or that of one of your loved ones, talk to someone at Betterhelp.com. You do not need an appointment and do not even need to leave the house.
Source: Marie Miguel
About the Writer
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.