Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. Selected Papers from MindCare 2016, Fabulous 2016, and IIoT 2015

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Non-pharmacological Approaches in the Depression Treatment - Strengths and Weaknesses of Mobile Applications Use

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_10,
        author={Petra Maresova and Blanka Klimova},
        title={Non-pharmacological Approaches in the Depression Treatment - Strengths and Weaknesses of Mobile Applications Use},
        proceedings={Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. Selected Papers from MindCare 2016, Fabulous 2016, and IIoT 2015},
        proceedings_a={MINDCARE \& IIOT \& FABULOUS},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Health Mobile applications Depression Treatment},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_10}
    }
    
  • Petra Maresova
    Blanka Klimova
    Year: 2018
    Non-pharmacological Approaches in the Depression Treatment - Strengths and Weaknesses of Mobile Applications Use
    MINDCARE & IIOT & FABULOUS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_10
Petra Maresova1,*, Blanka Klimova1,*
  • 1: University of Hradec Kralove
*Contact email: Petra.maresova@uhk.cz, blanka.klimova@uhk.cz

Abstract

As the prevalence of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety continues to grow, clinicians have turned to mobile applications as tools for aiding and supporting their patients’ treatment. These applications can be especially helpful for teenagers and young adults suffering from mental illness due to their frequent use of technology as a means of communication. Depression is the fourth frequent cause of death. It can affect almost anybody, including children. In most cases non-pharmacological treatment is preferred since it is less invasive, has fewer side-effects and sometimes it is also less expensive. The paper aims to explore the effectiveness of the use of mobile applications, which is demonstrated clinically and consequently, the focus is also put on the criteria evaluating the quality, strengths and weaknesses of current mobile health applications. The results show that clinical trials confirm some positive effects of mobile applications, however the evidence is rather low and further monitoring is needed.