We experience super-tech devices in our modern-day lives like smart phones, smart A.I. Assistants, Computers and laptops but of all, a human brain is the most complex to understand and deal with. How we differentiate brains from a healthy one to not so healthy to relatively fine to completely unhealthy is an interesting phenomenon. Some people experience brain complications providing certain complex life experiences. They could result from difficult childhoods, bad marriages, unfavorable upbringing, generation gaps, the reasons could be endless. The brain functioning of such people might produce complicated action and behavior though will vary vastly. In a few cases the disturbed experiences of past, long stored in brain disrupts such people’s present lives with problem in emotional expression and communication, behavior, relationships or in more severe cases appearing as physical symptoms. One of such manifestations is called Anxiety. However, it is fascinating to notice how the one to one therapy session of a patient with a psychologist for a problem like anxiety is now generalized and has turned to be more of self-assessment therapies through technological advances and A.I. treatments. They are popular as e-health treatments. Among these, the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is well known for treating anxieties.
“There is now substantial clinical research demonstrating the efficacy of internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of anxiety. However, the ability of these interventions for engaging patients in “real world” settings is unclear” (Firth et. al. 2018).
Discussing about the first-generation e-health approach it was evident that the attempts of early CBTs delivered via internet had resulted positively to treat symptoms of anxiety with similar efficacy to face to face therapy treatments. (ibid,2018). Well, as anxiety itself is not a singular problem and it appears with varied types and manifestations hence some of the patients are advised to have clinical guidance in how to use the technological self-treatments to their benefits. To name a few anxiety disorders that could be successfully treated with internet-based CBTs are social anxiety disorder, phobias, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorders and generalized disorder. However, to find the success rates in completing the web based self-treatments have shown to be disappointing. Other two similar technological approaches that had come in managing anxiety in past were attention biased modification training (ABMT) and acceptance-based behavior (ACT) both of which had proved to be moderate in providing success rates.
Now, very recently the smart phone generation have come up with its mental health application-based treatments for anxiety disorders. This ultra-modern mode of mental health treatment is something that is as appealing as dangerous to individuals. It is beneficial for a limited population in terms of generalized mental health treatments though it cannot distinguish and pay extra or much-needed attention to a patient unlike a human psychologist.
The good part is, the smart phone mental app definitely serves as an instant, convenient, assured and available treatment when a person needs it.
Further, why the smart phone mental app is mostly in use is it is much more comfortable in making emotional communication with a device than to be emotionally open to another person. Emotional, mental vulnerability is still a taboo in society and the scope of opening up to a smart device is much more convenient, affordable and apparently independent than going for a face to face therapy session for treatment.
The bad side however is that, most of the population do not take an application-based treatment really seriously and many of the mental applications are mostly abandoned after a few days of use. There are serious chances of data and privacy breach, cyber threats through the applications as all of them are not very secured. Even if a few are secured and interesting in treatments they do not have medical orientations and they do not guarantee a successful treatment to the illness.