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 BeesMy son is afraid of bees. By “bees” I mean any flying insect that stings. Anything airborne elicits a flurry of flinchings and broken field dashes for shelter. I’ve watched him zig zag away from what turned out to be a small bird. He swears he hears a pervasive sub-audible buzzing.  It ’s gotten so bad he doesn’t even like flowers. People who don’t know him come to think he’s afraid of flowers but it’s not the flowers. I’m worried the same logic will compel him to fear the sun. He already has an uneasy relationship with summer. Daytime dread, agoraphobic hermit. Locked in a room shadowed in...
Source: Buckeye Surgeon - September 12, 2023 Category: Surgery Authors: Jeffrey Parks MD FACS Source Type: blogs

Dos and Don ’ts of Therapy on the Go: Navigating the use of apps for mental health care
This article was originally published on The Conversation. To Learn More: From “Eminence-based” to Evidence-based mental healthcare: Time to focus on quality and accountability “Digital therapeutics” vs. “Mental health apps”: A growing debate on standards, regulation and efficacy The post Dos and Don’ts of Therapy on the Go: Navigating the use of apps for mental health care appeared first on SharpBrains. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 13, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Conversation Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation agoraphobia Alma anonymity app-based psychotherapy apps for mental health Better Help depression insurance meditation mental-health-treatment mood trackers privacy social anxiety T Source Type: blogs

On mental fitness beliefs, lifestyles and new tools like apps, digital therapeutics, virtual reality, “brain age gaps” and more
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring timely brain & mental health news and a fun couple of math brain teasers. #1. Study on the “ABCs of Mental Health” finds that simply believing you can improve mental wellbeing helps actually improve it Beliefs matter. #2. “Digital therapeutics” vs. “Mental health apps”: A growing debate on standards, regulation and efficacy Definitions matter. #3. How ’sleeping on it’ can help the prefrontal cortex regulate emotional responses, making us feel better in the morning Sleep matters. #4. NICE in the UK issues recommendation for Sleepio app,...
Source: SharpBrains - May 31, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health SharpBrains Monthly eNewsletter Technology & Innovation apps biomarker brain age gaps brain aging biomarker Brain Teasers brain-aging cognitive digital health digital therapeutics mental muscles mental-fitnes Source Type: blogs

Study: Automated VR psychotherapy can help reduce anxiety and distress, especially among those with psychosis and severe agoraphobia
Oxford University VR spinout demonstrates significant psychotherapy benefits in Lancet study (Fierce Healthcare): Virtual reality can help treat symptoms in patients with psychosis, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. GameChangeVR automates psychotherapy, guiding users with a virtual coach. It was developed by OxfordVR, a digital therapeutics company, the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust … The study, based on 346 patients, found that automated VR therapy led to “significant reductions” in symptoms of anxious avoidance and distress. The technology especially benefite...
Source: SharpBrains - May 5, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation agoraphobia cognitive cognitive model gameChange psychosis Psychotherapy virtual coach virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Agoraphobia: Has COVID fueled this anxiety disorder?
The past year has been hard on most of us. Who hasn’t felt anxious? Who hasn’t wanted to retreat from the world at times? Staying home when possible as COVID-19 rates climbed felt safer — and in many places was required by lockdown rules. Yet, could growing accustomed to feeling less safe in public spaces seed, or feed, the anxiety disorder known as agoraphobia? If you’re wondering whether the discomfort you experience is normal or has crossed a line, read on. What is agoraphobia? People with agoraphobia become anxious in places where they feel helpless, out of control, stuck, or judged. Someone who has agoraphobia...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bobbi Wegner, PsyD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Coronavirus and COVID-19 Health Mental Health Stress Source Type: blogs

When Will COVID-19 Be Over – 2021 Update
2020 has brought previously unseen challenges upon humankind. A virus that, due to globalisation, spread at an unprecedented speed, stormed the entire planet and there is only one thing that can stop it as it is now: a vaccine. And as I wrote in The Medical Futurist vaccine pledge, if you worry about the long-term consequences (which no data indicate for now after having tested the vaccine on tens of thousands of people and vaccinating already millions), you might want to wait out. But then we’ll be in lockdown for years. Over the past year several lockdowns have taken place. We adopted new habits, learned and worked ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Forecast Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones ptsd healthcare systems data privacy tracking coronavirus covid19 immunity passport vaccine research lockdown Source Type: blogs

When Will Coronavirus Be Over – 2021 Update
2020 has brought previously unseen challenges upon humankind. A virus that, due to globalisation, spread at an unprecedented speed, stormed the entire planet and there is only one thing that can stop it as it is now: a vaccine. And as I wrote in The Medical Futurist vaccine pledge, if you worry about the long-term consequences (which no data indicate for now after having tested the vaccine on tens of thousands of people and vaccinating already millions), you might want to wait out. But then we’ll be in lockdown for years. Over the past year several lockdowns have taken place. We adopted new habits, learned and worked ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Forecast Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones ptsd healthcare systems data privacy tracking coronavirus covid19 immunity passport vaccine research lockdown Source Type: blogs

Telepsychology During COVID-19: It All Depends On How You Look At It
The global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has opened the door to the deepest fears of humanity in this interconnected world: isolation. A worldwide scale of anxiety, loneliness and fear, associated with worrying about the virus, unemployment, social isolation and uncertainty added up to a mental state we may even start to call as “depidemic.” Research shows that about half the population has been or is facing mental health issues since the outbreak. Preserving mental health thus has been an increasing topic over the past months.  We know from the fact that working from home is linked with increased st...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Lifestyle medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones depression psychology anxiety remote remote care telepsychology Source Type: blogs

Agoraphobia Relapse Fears
I am familiar with agoraphobia, not just as a mental health crisis responder but because my own mental illness has manifested into periods of debilitating anxiety. What I now refer to as the breakdown of 2007, was a period of my life where I was struggling with many issues and my mental health suffered greatly as a result. I found it difficult to leave my house and the comfort zone of my home. Staying home as much as possible was the only way I could maintain some sense of sanity, when I was feeling anything but sane. I lived in this state of chronic agoraphobia for many days. This turned into many months and eventually it...
Source: World of Psychology - June 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sue Morton Tags: Anxiety and Panic Agoraphobia coronavirus COVID-19 social distancing Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Hiding Panic Attacks in the Bathroom
  At the thought of losing a job or missing a mortgage payment, Gabe is an anxious discombobulated mess, while Lisa is cool as a cucumber. In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa ponder: Why do people have such vastly different ways of reacting to the world? They also discuss — with the special flare that only a divorced couple has — the good old days when Gabe would have full-blown panic attacks and Lisa had to get them through it. How did they handle these scary moments? Is it ever OK to feel anger toward the panicky person? And what if the panicky person accidentally causes harm — should...
Source: World of Psychology - June 2, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: Anxiety and Panic General LifeHelper Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Source Type: blogs

Life after COVID-19: What Will Change?
The news is ripe with information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We saw the number of confirmed cases is plummeting in countries like South Korea. In a surprise move, Apple and Google teamed up to help track the virus. Some countries are even thinking of lifting their lockdowns altogether. Yes, that’s the good news we’re all looking forward to: when this will be finally behind us. Let’s have no doubt about it, this will come to an end, like we discussed in a recent article. We will have a vaccine and new, approved treatments based on millions of patients’ data. We will have new public health protocols to...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones ptsd healthcare systems data privacy tracking coronavirus covid19 immunity passport vaccine research Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Canceling Plans Due to Anxiety
  Does your anxiety take over when it’s time to leave the house — keeping you home more often than not? Do you cancel plans at the last minute due to that feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach? Or maybe you are the friend that keeps getting canceled on. In today’s podcast, Gabe and Jackie discuss why this happens and how both parties — the chronic canceler and the chronically disappointed friend — can navigate this awkward scenario. Tune in to today’s Not Crazy podcast to get specific tips on how you can feel more in control so you can cancel less. (Transcript Available Below) SUBSCRIBE...
Source: World of Psychology - April 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: Anxiety and Panic Disorders General Not Crazy Podcast Self-Help Source Type: blogs

When and How Will COVID-19 End?
If you’re staying shut in your home, anxious about when you will finally be able to take a stroll outside or whether you or someone close to you will be infected by the novel coronavirus, you are not the only one. In the U.S. alone, half of the adults report high levels of anxiety due to the COVID-19, according to the  American Psychiatric Association. The ongoing pandemic is exerting the whole world both physically and mentally. One thing is sure to be asked by everyone: when will all this be over? Some think that things will never get back to normal. Acclaimed sci-fi writer Ted Chiang says that “we don’t wa...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine digital technology digital health tech digital health technologies coronavirus covid covid19 Source Type: blogs

Coping with COVID-19: Resources for Managing Mental Health
Despite coronavirus, Trump keeps shaking hands(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Don ' t shake hands. Maintain a distance of 6 feet. Don ' t touch surfaces that could contain respiratory droplets. Don ' t touch your face. [It ' svery hard tonot touch your face.]When your leaders fail to follow the most basic guidelines forpreventing the spread of COVID-19, trust and confidence are eroded.Trump coronavirus press conference an exemplar of what not to do  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The coronavirus pandemic has raised (nearly) everyone ' s level of anxiety and stress. Rampant panic buying, superstore shelves emptied of ...
Source: The Neurocritic - March 14, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs