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David F. Carr
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9/11/2014 | 4:10:47 PM
Re: Not a bad plan
Isn't the biggest obstacle just the individual recognizing that he or she needs help (enough to install an app or take any other positive action)?
Alison_Diana
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9/11/2014 | 2:10:23 PM
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I agree, Laurie. You'd think too, apps and the immediacy of telehealth solutions (if appropriately staffed) can help resolve the crisis often associated with some mental health conditions because they could help people immediately start addressing the condition. Of course, there are some terrific live resources available to people in crisis, but mobile apps and other tech tools might also help those who feel -- for whatever reason -- unable to reach out to a licensed health professional in-person, at least until they get to the point of getting that professional assistance. 
Laurianne
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9/11/2014 | 1:49:51 PM
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Done well, mobile tools and services could eliminate some of the stigma some people feel visiting mental health professionals in person. If privacy is respected, this does seem to be an area where mobile could truly help with an important healthcare issue.
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9/11/2014 | 12:52:54 PM
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I hope some of these tools are viewed as complementary, not replacements, to in-person consultations -- although telehealth, for physical and/or mental health conditions, can be (I believe) equally good as in-person visits, when patient and provider establish a relationship and the caring is equal to that found during an in-office visit. If someone who needs help continuosly puts it off because they're "too busy," or a psychologist is "too far away," or any of the other excuses we can all come up with, then telehealth would be ideal. Also, many residents live far, far away from easy access to counselors, psyschologists, or psychiatrists, or have conditions that won't allow them to leave the house easily. 

Like you, I've had several people in my life who've dealt with various mental health issues. Anything, no matter how big or small, that can help them combat depression, eating disorders, suicidal feelings, panic attacks, or other issues is a plus in my book -- as long as privacy is respected.
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9/11/2014 | 12:40:50 PM
Not a bad plan
From my own dealings with those with mental health issues, one of the hardest things to do is to get them out of the house and go to a doctor, so being able to handle some of the busy work associated with the condition(s) remotely is a pretty good plan. 

The only real issue I can see arising though is an even bigger emphasis on conveyor belt medicine, where the important thing is seeing as many people as possible, who of course are much easier to "see" when you can have an app do half the work for you. 

I already feel a lot of apathy at my local doctor's surgery. Not sure I like the idea of it becoming even less of a personal interaction. 
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