Researchers found low agreement between professionals’ and consumers’ reviews of mental health apps.
The study, published in JMIR, assessed 11 mental health apps using web surveys administered between December 2020 and April 2021. The apps assessed included Breethe, Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer Meditation, MindDoc, MindShift, Reflectly, Remente, Sanvello, Self-Help for Anxiety and Woebot. [Read more…] about Clinicians and academics should engage users when reviewing mental health apps, study finds
Q&A: How Headspace Health’s acquisitions alter its mental health product (MobiHealthNews):
Headspace Health has revealed two acquisitions this year, the latest coming earlier this month when the digital mental health company announced the purchase of mental wellness app Shine. [Read more…] about Headspace Health’s Leslie Witt on the future of mental health: Meditation, text-based coaching, teletherapy, telepsychiatry, and community
A new reason to build muscle: brain health (The Globe and Mail):
… a recent study from researchers at McGill University, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, offers a new reason for continuing to work on building muscle: It’s good for your brain, not just your biceps. Greater muscle mass, the results suggest, helps ward off cognitive decline in older adults beyond what you’d expect based on their exercise levels alone. [Read more…] about Study: Building muscle mass helps delay cognitive decline beyond the value of exercise itself
Descripción: La medicina, la psicología y la educación están asistiendo a la irrupción de una gran cantidad de nuevos enfoques gracias a la colaboración con otras disciplinas como la ingeniería, la electrónica o la computación. Estos nuevos enfoques proponen criterios y maneras de abordar el neurodesarrollo y su aspectos patológicos (TND) de maneras muy diferentes a lo que se ha venido realizando en las últimas décadas.
Herramientas como la inteligencia artificial, las interfaces cerebro-ordenador, la tDCS y la realidad virtual están facilitando la creación de un nuevo abanico de abordajes en el campo del tratamiento de pacientes y otros nuevos enfoques se abren camino en la estimulación del neurodesarrollo. Por eso, no podemos evitar preguntarnos: ¿cómo influye la tecnología al cerebro humano y más en concreto al cerebro infantil? ¿Qué límites, riesgos y beneficios tiene el uso de estas tecnologías?
Cuándo: jueves 29 de septiembre de 2022 10:00 – 18:30 CEST [Read more…] about Madrid, 29 de septiembre: ¿Cómo debemos aplicar la neurotecnología en la clínica y en la educación?
Expressing gratitude nurtures our relationships, helping us to feel closer to our friends and romantic partners. Some research suggests that grateful people seem to cope better with stress and enjoy superior physical health, perhaps because of those stronger social relationships.
What about experiencing gratitude with people we don’t know so well—like those we work with? Could showing appreciation towards them affect our stress levels on the job? [Read more…] about Study: Practicing gratitude helps lower physiological stress levels of the “expresser” AND the “receiver”
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring timely brain news and a few fun brain teasers to test your perceptual and cognitive skills.
“While our childhood can influence our memory and thinking skills later in life, this research underlines the message that it’s never too late to take action to support cognitive health.” — Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Strategic Initiatives at Alzheimer’s Research UK
As the researchers point out, “The proposed approach offers a fully automated identification of MCI and dementia based on a recorded neuropsychological test, providing an opportunity to develop a remote screening tool that could be adapted easily to any language”
“Depression is usually managed effectively with antidepressants or by talking treatments, such as cognitive behaviour therapy, despite an incomplete understanding of the condition and how these treatments work. We cannot know if treatments address the underlying problem because we haven’t yet identified what that is. To imply that SSRI antidepressants may not be worthwhile is to misunderstand an evidence base that says the very opposite.”
“Recent events have a bigger impact on happiness than earlier events, so it can be a good strategy to save a couple things that have a chance of a big positive surprise for the last few days of your trip. It could be a novel experience that a lot of people like but you’re not sure what to expect … It probably isn’t another museum. Just make sure it’s not something that could get rained out”
“Many U.S. adults aren’t able to find help because of a shortage of therapists. Nearly 40% are struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So millions of people are turning to online companies…”
As acknowledged “The main limitation of the current trial is the high dropout rate”, but context is key: “Most displaced people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries do not receive effective care, and their access to care has deteriorated during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic”. — Innovation doesn’t need to be perfect, just better/ cheaper/ more accessible than alternatives.
Quite difficult market environment for an important evidence-based innovation — good news is they raised enough funds to test approach in the real world over the next 12–24 months. Let’s see!
“Typically, access to a mental health service is gated. It is restricted by some kind of diagnosis — saying only if you are severe enough you will be able to get to speak to a therapist because obviously therapy is expensive and somebody’s got to pay for it” … the app offers “early engagement and a safe space where people can come in and anonymously just talk about what’s bothering them.”
Finally, here are three quick brain teaser games to test your perceptual and cognitive skills. Wishing you and yours a healthy and stimulating month of September!