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Chatbot Therapy Is Risky. It’s Also Not Useless

Article Excerpt: This lack of access, fueled by a nationwide mental health crisis and a shortage of therapists in the US — not to mention a health care system that can, for many, make it extremely difficult to find an in-network provider — is a problem that urgently needs solutions. As with any such problem, there are people out there who say the solution is technology. Enter AI. As Generative AI chatbots have rolled out to a wider range of users, some have started using readily available, multipurpose tools like ChatGPT as therapists.

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Article Source: Vox


Does Artificial Intelligence Belong in Therapy?

Article Excerpt: For many, the nearest therapist these days isn’t someone sitting across from them in a room but a friendly face on the other side of a Zoom, or even a chat thread on a smartphone. In a quantum leap beyond those types of virtual encounters, increasingly, the entity offering mental health advice may not even be a human. Chat-based mental health services boomed during the pandemic, several of them using generative artificial intelligence chatbots to converse about mental health and offer virtual companionship. If that technology starts to make its way into professionally licensed mental health areas, Rep. Josh Cutler has filed legislation to make sure the usage is regulated and disclosed. And he had an unusual collaborator in that mission – his bill was co-written by the generative app ChatGPT.

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Article Source: CommonWealth


Mobile Voice Recognition Tech Can Help to Safeguard Mental Health Services

Article Excerpt: An intuitive, mobile solution using voice recognition that allows mental health clinicians to update notes, request changes to medication and create referral letters either while with the patient or straight afterwards, can radically reduce the time spent on administrative tasks. Information is recorded verbally, which is much quicker; and requests for additional services and support are processed immediately, avoiding unacceptable delays. Critically, patient information is up to date and, with direct integration to the EPR or other legacy system, all health providers, from acute services to GPs, have immediate visibility of a patient’s current status. This is particularly important for patients experiencing both mental and physical illness.

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Article Source: Digital Health


Mental Health Public Policy Discussed in Latest Heads up Dartmouth Health Webinar

Article Excerpt: This segment features Will Torrey, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Health, Holly A. Stevens, Esq., Director of Public Policy, National Alliance on Mental Health, New Hampshire chapter (NAMI NH), and Matthew Houde, JD, Vice President of Government Relations, Dartmouth Health. Together, they discuss the current state of the mental health system in New Hampshire and the country, and areas of federal and state public policy that can be improved. Torrey said the biggest difficulty facing residents and providers is timely access to high-quality care. “The demand for services, the need for services, just far outstrips the state’s capacity to offer those needed services. If you develop cancer, heart disease or an orthopedic injury, you can get into outpatient or inpatient treatment in a timely manner. But that’s just not true for psychiatric illnesses,” Torrey said

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Article Source: Dartmouth Health News


With Gains and Gaps, Mental Health Care Moves Forward

Article Excerpt: According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, one in four New Hampshire residents is experiencing some form of mental health distress. “This is a regional and national crisis for all children and adults,” said Dr. William Torrey, chief of psychiatry at Dartmouth Health, who has spent 38 years in the field. Demand for inpatient and outpatient care currently “exceeds our capacity at all levels,” Torrey said. More people are seeking care, more are acknowledging mental illness and addiction struggles in themselves and loved ones, and more are advocating for mental health care — which is good. “They see the extreme need for services.”

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Article Source: Union Leader


How Technology Can Help Solve Mental Health Care’s Biggest Barrier

Article Excerpt: From telehealth and TikTok to artificial intelligence and virtual reality, the mental health care industry is embracing technology — but it’s making many clinicians uneasy. From concerns about the ethics of mental health influencers to the inaccuracy of mental health advice on TikTok and to complaints about teens misdiagnosing themselves, many experts are uncomfortable about the role technology is playing in mental health support. But technology can also help solve what’s arguably the industry’s biggest issue: access. Given the ongoing mental health crisis and the fact that many people lack adequate access to quality mental health care, it’s essential to strike a balance between technological innovation, the pace of clinical validation, and high ethical and safety standards to ensure that rigorous, culturally centered mental health support is widely available at a time when it’s so desperately needed.

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Article Source: STAT News


How Telehealth Can Help Bridge Pediatric Mental Healthcare Gaps

Article Excerpt: The burgeoning mental health epidemic in America is widespread across age groups, but the youth have faced a particularly challenging time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the youth mental health crisis reaches new heights, providers are increasingly turning to telehealth to help expand access to behavioral healthcare. In December, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, issued an advisory calling for a coordinated response to combat the crisis. “Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide — and rates have increased over the past decade,” said Murthy in a press release. “The COVID-19 pandemic further altered their experiences at home, school, and in the community, and the effect on their mental health has been devastating.”

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


Black Therapists Are Struggling to Be Seen On TikTok. They’re Forming Their Own Communities Instead

Article Excerpt: From a well-lighted room, the plants blurred in the background, their face framed by closed captioning, Shahem Mclaurin speaks directly into the camera. The lesson: “Ten ways to start healing.” But this is not a classroom, nor is it a therapist’s office. This is TikTok. “We all have our own things to carry, and those burdens shouldn’t be carried with us for the rest of our lives,” says Mclaurin, a licensed social worker. Through videos — some on topics like grief, “race/race-ism,” trauma and healing, others raw reactions or trending sounds, like this call to action to amplify people of color on TikTok — Mclaurin advocates for better representation in the mental health field. Mclaurin speaks to viewers who haven’t found caregivers they connect with because of stigmas surrounding therapy and acknowledges that few practitioners look like them.

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Article Source: CNN Health


Experiences of psychotherapists with remote psychotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic: Cross-sectional web-based survey study.

Humer E, Stippl P, Pieh C, Pryss R, Probst T. Experiences of psychotherapists with remote psychotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic: Cross-sectional web-based survey study. J Med Internet Res 2020;22(11):e20246. DOI: 10.2196/20246

Researchers aimed to explore the attitudes of psychotherapists regarding delivery of remote psychotherapy services during the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in Austria. Researchers conducted a web-based survey among 1163 practicing psychotherapists from March 24 to April 1, 2020. All Austrian licensed psychotherapists with a valid email address were invited to complete the survey. The survey included questions about the participants’ therapeutic orientation (behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, or systemic), educational and professional background, and participant perceptions about whether they are able to treat patients in a comparable manner with remote therapy relative to in-person therapy. The survey also included questions to assess differences between participants’ actual experiences and expectations with regard to using remote therapy and participants’ anxiety related to COVID-19. Participants reported that psychotherapy delivered via phone or video call was not entirely comparable to in-person sessions. Psychodynamic and humanistic therapists reported significantly higher comparability of phone-based therapy to in-person therapy relative to behavioral therapists. Participants reported that on average, their actual experiences with teletherapy were significantly better than they had expected. Therapists also rated psychotherapy via videoconferencing significantly more positively than psychotherapy via telephone. Overall, the study provides important insights on psychotherapists’ experiences with delivering remote therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.