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Mental Health Information
June 2017 - Vol. 21 Issue 6
Published by athealth.com

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CONTENTS:

  1. Smartphone Addiction
  2. Proposed Diagnostic Criteria for Smartphone Addiction
  3. (Dis)Connected
  4. Stress in America 2017: Technology and Social Media
  5. Patterns of Mobile Device Use by Caregivers and Children During Meals in Fast Food Restaurants
  6. The Role of Compulsive Texting in Adolescents’ Academic Functioning
  7. Mindfulness Coach
  8. CBT-I Coach: A Description and Clinician Perceptions of a Mobile App for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
  9. Mobile App: PTSD Coach
  10. Mental Health Smartphone Apps: Review and Evidence-Based Recommendations for Future Developments

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1.  Smartphone Addiction
Smartphone addiction, called “nomophobia” is the fear of being without a mobile phone. It is often fueled by an Internet overuse problem or Internet addiction disorder. It’s rarely the phone or tablet itself that creates the compulsion, but rather the games, apps, and online worlds it connects us to.
HELPGUIDE.ORG

2.  Proposed Diagnostic Criteria for Smartphone Addiction
Due to increasing smartphone penetration, excessive smartphone use and even smartphone addiction, one form of technological addictions, have become substantial worldwide social issues.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

3. (Dis)Connected
At their worst, research finds smartphones can disrupt our sleep, stress us out and monopolize our attention. But psychology may hold the key to helping people take control of this technology to prevent such negative effects and even enhance our well-being. Tech developers aren't in the business of promoting well-being.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST

4. Stress in America 2017: Technology and Social Media
Technology has improved life for many Americans, and nearly half of this country’s adults say they can’t imagine life without their smartphones. At the same time, numerous studies have described consequences of technology use, including negative impacts on physical and mental health.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)

5. Patterns of Mobile Device Use by Caregivers and Children During Meals in Fast Food Restaurants
Mobile devices can distract parents from face-to-face interactions with their children, which are crucial for cognitive, language, and emotional development.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

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6. The Role of Compulsive Texting in Adolescents’ Academic Functioning
Adolescents’ texting far surpasses their use of any other modes of communication with others, including face-to-face interactions outside of school; they send and receive an average of 167 texts per day, with the median number of daily texts rising constantly.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)

7. Mindfulness Coach
Mindfulness Coach was developed for people who experience emotional distress and for those wanting to maintain healthy coping practices. The app can be used on its own by those who would like mindfulness tools, or to augment face-to-face care with a health care professional.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR TELEHEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY

8. CBT-I Coach: A Description and Clinician Perceptions of a Mobile App for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
The purpose of this manuscript was to describe CBT-I Coach, a mobile app for patients undergoing CBT-I. Specific features of the app, such as automated sleep diary calculations, sleep education, tools to practice CBT-I skills, and reminders were included to promote adherence with completing sleep diaries, following the recommended time in bed, and potentially reducing treatment dropout and improving insomnia outcomes.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

9. Mobile App: PTSD Coach
Together with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach provides reliable resources for clients. Clients, who think they might have PTSD, will benefit from this app. Family and friends, also, can also learn about PTSD by using this technology.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR PTSD

10.  Mental Health Smartphone Apps: Review and Evidence-Based Recommendations for Future Developments
Mental Health Smartphone Apps and other technology-based solutions have the potential to play an important part in the future of mental health care, making mental health support more accessible and reducing barriers to help seeking.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

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