Digital mental health technologies: useful, usable, and safe?

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Cara Richardson and Stephanie Allan summarise a recent paper focusing on the growing field of digital psychiatry and the future of apps, social media, chatbots, and virtual reality.

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Adult dental anxiety – management strategies

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This review of current management strategies for adult patients with dental anxiety in the dental clinic included 54 studies. Most of the psychotherapeutic behavioural strategies provided some benefits but there was limited supporting evidence for some approaches. Pharmocological approaches were not included.

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Changing the game: how virtual reality treatment can help people with psychotic disorders get back into the world

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Imogen Bell summarises the gameChangeVR trial of virtual reality for agoraphobic avoidance and distress in patients with psychosis.

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Living well with dementia: what’s the impact of auditory hallucinations?

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Clarissa Giebel reviews a recent study exploring the impact of auditory hallucinations on ‘living well’ with dementia using findings from the IDEAL programme.

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Virtual reality for mental health: are there any freely available apps that show promise?

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Imogen Bell summarises a recent review of virtual reality experiences as tools to support mental health therapy, which finds some freely available applications that may show promise for mental health.

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Is virtual reality the future of schizophrenia spectrum therapy?

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Stefanie Sturm blogs a systematic review which finds sparse, but promising support for the use of virtual reality to treat schizophrenia spectrum disorder.

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The potential of virtual reality to address social functioning impairments in people with psychosis

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Andie Ashdown and Theophanis Kyriacou summarise a systematic review on virtual reality-based assessment and treatment of social functioning impairments in psychosis.

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Are clinicians’ attitudes to technology stopping children and adolescents from accessing mental health care?

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In her debut blog, Lindsay Dewa explores a mixed-methods survey, which found that clinicians’ attitudes to technology may stop young people from accessing mental health care.

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The science of suicide prevention: Innovative technologies and ethical implications #IASP2019

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Tiago Zortea and Karen Wetherall help us prepare for the 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention #IASP2019, which is taking place in Derry this week. This blog summarises what we know about the potential for digital technologies (smartphones, machine learning and virtual reality) to help improve suicide prevention.

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Dropping out of virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety: comparison with in-vivo exposure therapy

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Aislinn Bergin writes her debut elf blog on a recent meta-analytic examination of attrition in virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety disorders.

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