Smartphone Mental Health Apps — Effective Treatment or Just Invasive and Misleading?


Wired examines some of the latest self-surveillance mobile apps that people are using to help themselves manage their own behaviors.

“Through the discreet and continuous recording of social and physical behavior, these apps can detect changes in mental well-being, deliver micro-interventions when and where needed, and give patients a new awareness of their own illnesses,” reports Wired. “But, certainly, there are many hurdles to overcome — most notably the potential for these tools to mislead patients and compromise their privacy. Finding ways of regulating such apps is as important as refining their technology.”

How Smartphone Apps Can Treat Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia (Wired, November 20, 2014)

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