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The Digital Future of Mental Health

Fun futur­is­tic vision over at The Atlantic, titled The Extreme­ly Per­son­al Com­put­er: The Dig­i­tal Future of Men­tal Health:

It’s 2018, and you’re not feel­ing your best. Yes­ter­day, on the phone with Com­cast, you for­got your social secu­ri­ty num­ber, and had to call your mom to get it…You fire up your PC and dig out your bio­mon­i­tor wrist strap. “Wel­come back kid­do,” Regi­na, your ther­a­pist avatar, greets you. Regi­na has shiny red hair and glass­es, and the Aus­tralian accent of a Bond girl. “Let’s catch up.” “I’m so sor­ry to hear what you’ve been through,” Regi­na says, eyes wide. “I am here for you, ready to help you improve your mood and your mind.” …Thomas Insel, head of the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health, sup­port­ed these efforts from the start, as an exam­ple of what he described to the Roy­al Soci­ety of Lon­don in 2011 as psy­chi­a­try as “clin­i­cal neuroscience.”…We’re at an extra­or­di­nary moment where the entire sci­en­tif­ic foun­da­tion for men­tal health is shift­ing, with the 20th cen­tu­ry dis­ci­pline of psy­chi­a­try becom­ing the 21st cen­tu­ry dis­ci­pline of clin­i­cal neu­ro­science.”

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