SPOTLIGHT: Mobile apps for delivering cognitive therapy

For people with mental health conditions, help can't come soon enough when there's a perceived crisis, and the added stress can lead to elevated risk for heart disease. Cognitive behavioral therapy isn't always readily available, and there of course remains a cultural stigma surrounding mental health and psychotherapy. To offer more immediate assistance and broaden access to cognitive therapy techniques, researchers from Intel's Digital Health Group built a mobile phone app for test subjects to report their moods and engage in therapeutic exercises. In a preliminary study reported in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the researchers find that the app can help raise emotional self-awareness and prompt people to take stress-reducing steps. Journal article

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