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Can smartphone technology be used to provide better mental health care for people in crisis?
Part of the difficulty in dealing with people experiencing mental health problems is getting them the help they need when a new crisis develops. Even for people with chronic mental health problems, there can be long periods when their symptoms are under control, at least as far as living a normal life is concerned. Though there are often warning signs that can indicate potential problems developing, spotting these signs can be extremely difficult for mental health professionals who don't see their clients until after their condition has become severe enough for them to need professional help. By this point, treatment becomes much harder because of the delay involved. Also, people in clinics or hospitals are usually less comfortable than they would be in more familiar settings such as at home which can also make their condition worse.
But what if there were a way of detecting these warning signs earlier? If people in crisis can get help sooner then they could potentially avoid going into the kind of downward spiral that can make it so much harder to recover. And possibly prevent the need for expensive treatment in the first place.
To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.
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