Technology is now intervening with human behavior. With the goal to promote mental wellness, the industry is also hoping to make treatment more accessible and available to homes. Thanks to IoT, mental healthcare environment is slowly changing. It is focusing its efforts to combat depression, anxiety, and some other mental health issues. This time, technology companies not just aim to provide creative solutions to treat the problems of mental health, but detect it beforehand.
Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health illness in America. A mobile app, Pacifica, was developed to help people suffering from anxiety. As the majority of people with anxiety tend to manage the problem on their own, apps like Pacifica was designed to assist them to have a healthier life using the principles of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), relaxation, and wellness to combat anxiety. It aids the users to successfully break away from anxiety and improve mental wellness by engaging the user in setting goals and following relaxation tips.
Recovering From Addiction
Millions of Americans struggle with substance abuse, and some are reported to be recovering from addiction. A wearable device with mobile app aims to provide support to individuals recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. The device assists the user to keep them close to their support network and prevent relapse by staying on track to recovery goals. This is made possible as the device and app help track the mind, body, and spiritual activity levels.
Technology such as this will connect the user to their support group and aim to help them get through recovery and lead a holistic life.
Ashley was one of those who took advantage of this technology to survive the hardship of her journey to recovery from addiction.
Detecting Changes InMood
Do you think mood rings actually work? Have you tried wearing one? Well, experts say that mood rings change in color depending on the temperature, so it’s not really an accurate indicator of one’s mood. But with the emergence of IoTs, wearable device is being developed to detect your mood, and this is indeed more advanced than and (hopefully) more accurate than a mood ring. This device hoped to sense emotions, breathing patterns, and other physiological indicators that indicate how users are feeling. The device will then send a notification on your phone with tips on how to relax and improve your mood.
A device (Spire) when clipped to a belt or bra is said to help decrease the stress level up to 50%.
Treating Depression, Anxiety, And Insomnia
A neurostimulation device that has been FDA-approved is being used to help manage various issues like depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Fisher Wallace Stimulator is also said to help treat bipolar depression based on a study at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel. It can be worn like a headband that is placed over the temples. It gently stimulates the brain to release serotonin and dopamine. These brain chemicals reduce stress and increase the feeling of happiness.
Before you use this device, you need to get approval from your healthcare provider. This device allows you to enjoy a cup of coffee in the comfort of your home while you engage in neurostimulation therapy. This is a natural way of treating the patient with the same results and benefits as the antidepressants.
It’s hard not to get stressed with the chaotic world we are in. But sometimes, it comes without us knowing.
Wearable devices capable of detecting your stress are being developed. These devices collect your heartbeat or cortisol level from your sweat. Heart rate can tell when a person is nervous or not, suspicious or fearful. Sweats can reveal a range of illness. Cortisol hormone in the sweats helps detect if stress is creeping in.
Stress can have an impact on your immune system, digestive tract, excretory and reproductive systems. A technology that could detect and help you relieve your stress does not only help you to relax but also allows you to enjoy the benefit of an overall healthier life.
Technology companies and medical word are working harder to catch up with the long overdue technology in the field of mental health. They believe that IoT is capable of giving mental health patients around the world an improved quality of life by making diagnosis, preventative measures, and treatment more accessible to their homes.