Mental Health Advantages And Disadvantages

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The rapid growth of technological innovations has influenced the way in which individuals carry out their daily lives. It is not a surprise that technology has had a huge influence on many fields of study, like mental health, for example. Technology was first introduced into clinical psychology interventions through the use of the telephones. Forms of telephone crisis interventions, such as suicide hotlines done by professionals, have existed since the 1970’s. However, after the late 1980’s, researchers began studying the effectiveness of treatments delivered over the phone by mental health professionals. This resulted in the early forms of computer psychotherapy, which has now converted into telehealth.
Telehealth refers to the provision
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Psychology has a lot of obstacles when it comes to treatments and interventions for the whole population. However, telehealth has been identified as a way to overcome many of these. First, the availability of these services and care are not always accessible for everyone. Mental health providers tend to live in city areas, which makes it very difficult for patients in rural areas to obtain the help they need. Even if individuals are located near professional facilities and services, it might be difficult for people to leave work, find the time to participate in treatment, or acquire the necessary transportation to go to a psychologist. The Internet also allows patients to take faster, simpler measures if they want services in the mental health profession. Finally, computer-based interventions and treatment allows for client and psychologist interactions to be made by webpage tools and online assignments. Many young patients were raised with technological advancements, and to have them in therapy might create an easier and more effective and familiar relationship. And for the psychologist, all exchanges and appointments are now stored and saved online; this can be written into the patient’s electronic health record for future…show more content…
When it comes to the accessibility of services, existing research has presented the limitation that not all Internet or technology based interventions are appropriate for all ages, genders and social groups in a population. Evidence suggests that the utilization of telehealth seems to be, “higher amongst older, more likely to be female, and more likely to be married,” (Lubin, Jordan, Wortmann, Larson, & Litz). There is also a concern that technology has no place in the treatment of certain disorders and symptoms. First, internet security is a huge issue right now, and it’s a something to keep in mind. It is also important to consider that individuals that are not very familiar with technology, like old people, might be unable to access telehealth services. The Internet can sometimes present misleading information that is not being filtered by a trained professional, which might cause patients to be treated through unethical services. An example will be when an individual wants to research about the symptoms he has, while researching, he may find many possible illnesses that have his symptoms. This saturation of information might also elevate the risks of anxiety, nervousness and worry in patients. The last limitation is that most research on the effectiveness of telehealth on mental health services involves the inclusion of therapist support via telephone, email, or computer-based interactions. There are no studies
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