And you thought stress balls were good…

// Posted by on 02/15/2012 (1:10 AM)


Just finished an interesting New York Times article explaining a developing therapy app on your iphone. You read correctly, an app on your smart phone that acts as a pseudo-therapist. If stress balls, bubble wrap, screaming into a pillow, or a quick run around the block were effective, just imagine how much good a 24 hour therapist could do! The app is still in development and the studies are mostly inconclusive at this point but there is potential for an iphone app that could help people with things ranging from anxiety disorders to alcoholism. It would seem that the blending of people and technology knows no bounds and I almost fear which profession will lose a part of itself to a smartphone app next.

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Ali S said...

I was reading the same article this morning. I think it fits perfectly along the lines of the now way to common phrase “I have an app for that.” I think the wonder of will it ever stop is a big question they have baby monitors that go through your apple products, instead of going to the store or website you can have an app and order from it directly. I think we are losing our connection to professionals whether a psychiatrist or a sales clerk because we take the easy and quick way out. A phone is right at your fingertips why drive the store or to a psychiatric office?

// 02/16/2012 at 11:15 am

Tommy said...

That’s a pretty interesting article, and although it seems like an immediate application is the technology winning out over the professional, I think there are definitely ways in which the two could be combined. I’m taking a psychopathology class this semester, and one of the things we learned early on was how difficult successful therapy is because, although the individual may show improvement during the session, they have another week to relapse before the next session. If these same individual’s had this app to help practice between sessions, I think that it would not only make professional therapy more effective, but also more timely and cost-efficient. Furthermore, to ensure that people still actually go see the professionals, maybe they could require a “prescription” for the app, instead of making it available to everyone? Even though this might seem unethical I guess, to deny people with a mental health disorder any type of treatment, I would argue that if they do actually have a disorder, it’s in their best interest to see a professional, and to use an app like this as a way to reinforce the therapy they receive.

// 02/16/2012 at 3:02 pm

Kelsey said...

Wow, really good point Tommy, I didn’t think of that. I wonder if there are any studies being done to see how well the two work together. In the article it described the app alone succeed in helping people with anxiety disorders. The two combined could be a really huge breakthrough.

// 02/20/2012 at 9:47 pm