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Andrew Jameson
"Doomscrolling" is Self-Harm for Your Mental Health

"Doomscrolling" is Self-Harm for Your Mental Health

  Nobody is really sure exactly where the term came from, but "doomscrolling" has entered the lexicon of American English recently. It's the act of scrolling endlessly through social media, consuming as much bad news as possible in hope of finding answers that never come. Wired Magazine recently published an article all about the trend, exploring the etymology of the term, the reasons people might engage in it, and the negative effects it can have on mental health. Whether it's COVID-19 news, protest reporting, or speculation about the next awful thing 2020 might throw at us, there's no end of...

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Boston-Based Akili Interactive Introduces First FDA-Approved Prescription Video Game

Boston-Based Akili Interactive Introduces First FDA-Approved Prescription Video Game

  It seems that congratulations are in order for Boston-based Akili Interactive! On Monday, June 15, 2020, the company made history when their mobile-based game, EndeavorRX, became the first video game to ever be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as a medical treatment. Yes, you read that correctly – EndeavorRX is the first FDA-approved prescription video game in history. How cool is that?! Designed and used to treat children between the ages of 8 and 12 with attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the video game was developed with a team of neuroscientists and tech designers in order to...

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Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

  As we reported last month, online mental health care is just as effective as in-person appointments with a mental health professional. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mental health field to recognize this fact, and now more and more therapists are offering online and app-based appointments. This trend is likely to remain stable in the long term, even after the pandemic ends. "I hope more people begin to view mental healthcare not as a last resort when you’re in crisis but as something that should be part of your regular routine.” - Jessica Gold, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry...

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Mental Health Care Innovator "Mindstrong Health" Secures New Financing (TechCrunch.com)

“…1 in 25 [US adults] experience serious mental illness, and the pandemic is making these numbers worse. Meanwhile, more than 60% of US counties don’t have a single practicing psychiatrist.” – Joe Lansdale, founder of 8VC and Mindstrong Health investor. What is Mindstrong Health? It’s a healthcare innovation company that is dedicated to transforming mental health using tech. The company recently appointed former Uber exec Daniel Graf as CEO, which seems to signal that they want to “lead from the front” in terms of implementing the technology of today (and tomorrow) in order to expand their care capabilities both now...

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