Mental Illness Treatments of the Wearable Kind

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Mental illness treatments of the wearable kind are becoming quite popular in the US in order to meet mental health goals. These include apps that work with iPhones, wristbands that take blood pressure and stress readings, social media applications and journal software. Some of these treatments are placed directly on the body, whereas, other types are placed on mobile apps. It is the newest way to help those who are not extremely ill or prone to violent acts.

These kinds of treatments are invaluable to take physiological readings and determine whether a patient is taking their prescribed medicine as they should. Some medication tools are being developed to let caregivers and family and friends know when the patient has not taken their medications. Mental illness is made less of a challenge with these new techniques.

For those who need the access to journal in order to express their experiences, emotions and memories, there are several choices of software. These apps are available for smartphones, tablets and computers as well as web and cloud-based options. Additionally, most blogging platforms are essentially journal tools.

Other remote forms of psychiatric care are telehealth sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). CBT has been a  great success for mentally ill patients, and is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping patients learn how their underlying thoughts and feelings impact their view of the world around them. CBT helps them develop the ability to take control of how they interpret and deal with events and situations in their lives. This type of treatment is especially effective in cases of post traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD), depression and anxiety.

DBT is a form of therapy that assists those with suicidal thoughts and tendencies, as well as those diagnosed with borderline personality disease. The therapist assures the patient that his or her feelings are valid and empathize with their interpretation of their world, while at the same time instructing patients about what is disruptive or inappropriate in their behavior.

For those mental health patients that do not need to have intense therapy in an office with a live therapist, wearable techie treatments are an alternative acceptance to treat mental illness. It is this alternative that can save a lot of money for health care, unless an individual’s insurance excludes these types of care.

Hopefully, the legislature will be able to address these coverage issues now that more alternative treatments are being evaluated for their ability to enhance healthcare for the mentally ill.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a headband called MUSE is all the rage with attendees. Made by InteraXon, the MUSE is a brain-reading, stress-reducing, concentration-improving headband that is completely mobile.

The team at InteraXon says their goal is to help users improve their brain health by generating a range of brain signals and helping them learn how to relax and focus. InteraXon expects to launch the Muse this Spring at a suggested retail price of $299.

Social services like OneHealth provide peer communities that can be accessed through a browser or mobile app. OneHealth’s communities cover a wide array of mental health areas including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and PTSD as well as medical conditions. OneHealth also allows providers to maintain engagement with patients between office visits.

Mental illness treatments of the wearable kind are the wave of the future in giving hope to those who suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders. Suicidal tendencies are also one of those symptoms that can be treated with technical gadgets and software applications.

By Lisa M Pickering
Commentary

Sources:
Cite World
m Health Watch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

One Response to "Mental Illness Treatments of the Wearable Kind"

  1. Dee Doanes of Health Plus Style   April 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    It’s good to see an article highlighting alternative ways to treat mental illness that doesn’t include prescription drugs. I wrote a three part article talking about alternative treatments for mental illness. Eating naturally fermented foods, taking B12, boosting folate levels, and not taking birth control pills are some of the ways to help treat mental illness. I talk about these things in my article

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