The relationship between technology and mental health has been a bit of a controversial one. There is an argument to be had about the impact social media and too much phone use has on your mental health. However, technology has also improved many aspects of mental health as well. Particularly, in the mental health industry. Now, it’s much easier for therapists to treat patients, and patients to receive the help they need. Here are a few reasons why.
Remote Mental Healthcare Helps those Who Must Be at Home
Some people must stay at their house. They may have a physical disability, a phobia, or they may be nowhere near a mental healthcare facility. Having to be in your home is taxing on your mental health already, and before, there was no way for a counselor to treat a patient unless they could visit their residency.
Thanks to video chatting, smartphones, and a more connected world, patients can receive the online counseling they need from their home. Someone who is agoraphobic may be able to have the treatment they need to leave the house. Someone who is disabled may be able to find peace of mind. The list goes on.
It’s Helping Make Remote Healthcare as Authentic as Possible
Before technology made it easier to have video conversations without any lag, the only way to receive mental health treatment would be through the phone or through email. These are valid ways of treatment, but they are flawed. With a phone, a counselor can’t read someone’s body language and a client doesn’t have as much of a bond as they would if they were talking to someone in person. An email allows for more articulate conversations, but there are no voices, no body language, and sometimes, being able to plan out a response is inauthentic.
While a face-to-face conversation is still the most authentic way, video chatting does come close.
Technology Has Helped Normalize Mental Problems and Treatment
Perhaps another way technology has impacted the treatment of mental health problems is by helping those who have mental health problems to talk about their experiences. People can be able to empathize with their stories online. Those who have the same conditions can realize they are not alone, and those who are undiagnosed may realize they have the mental problem and seek a professional diagnoses.
Plus, having a community of people who have the same condition helps them cope and figure out ways they can treat their problems.
On the Fly Treatment Helps When a Crisis is Happening
If you’re having a fight with your spouse, or you’re having an anxiety attack, being able to talk to a therapist or a counselor on the spot can help deescalate a situation before it gets any worse. A counselor can help a couple find common ground and calm them down when emotions are flying, improving the family’s state. Meanwhile, a therapist can remind a person of the ways they can calm down their anxiety and return to a calm state.
Who Knows What the Future Will Bring?
There are many possibilities when it comes to how mental care will be provided. A VR headset may help clients feel like they are in an office when they have to be at home. As Internet speeds and coverage improves, more healthcare can be provided to areas that are lacking in coverage. Soon, we will have 5G for all.
All we know is that as the mental health problems increases, so will the power of treatment. We are all in this together, and we highly recommend you seek help if you’re having a problem.