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Mental health: There’s an app for that

The latest treatment for a variety of mental illnesses may be as close as a patient’s phone.

Physicians and other health care providers are using a variety of mobile apps to help patients with anything from quitting smoking to schizophrenia. They’re particularly useful for patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Each app is a little different, but in general, they work by prompting users to record their stress levels, emotional state, or their progress with treatment “homework” the therapist may have assigned.

Doctors can use the data to better gauge a patient’s progress, and the very act of having a convenient way to log the information makes patients more likely to follow the treatment.

The apps are expected to be particularly useful for clinicians dealing with teenaged patients who are more likely to use a mobile-based app than the more traditional paper-based notebooks and logs of yesteryear.

If your practice has used mobile therapy apps, share your experience in the comments.

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