Health Apps

Clinical Update

Smartphone Apps as Adjuncts for Substance Use Treatment

Topics: Addiction Treatment | Behavioral therapy | Complementary treatments | Computers in Psychiatric Practice | electronic use | Health Apps | Internet | Media | Telehealth | Telemedicine

The majority (81%) of Americans own a smartphone, and a little over one-half (58%) have downloaded a health-related app ( Could addiction apps be the next tool to improve treatment outcomes? This article will review some apps for substance use disorders (SUD) and discuss strategies for integrating them int

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Clinical Update

A Prescription App for Insomnia

Topics: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) | Health Apps | Sleep Disorders

You may recommend smartphone apps for mindfulness, symptom tracking, or medication reminders, but do you prescribe apps? FDA-authorized “prescription digital therapeutics” are already available for ADHD (EndeavorRx), traumatic nightmares (Nightware), and opioid use disorder (reSET-O). Now Somryst, a prescription app for insomnia, joins them. It is d

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Highlights From This Issue

Topics: Addyi | Depression | Health Apps | Low libido | Vyleesi

Vyleesi and Addyi are FDA approved for low libido in women, but their benefits are modest and their risks give us pause. A host of anti-inflammatory medicines are effective in treatment-resistant depression, particularly celecoxib. Prescription apps have arrived, but Dr. Torous reminds us that the key ingredient in a mental health app is the therape

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Expert Q&A

Using Mental Health Apps

Topics: Behavior therapy | Brief psychotherapy | Computers in Psychiatric Practice | Free Articles | Health Apps | Therapy during medication appointment | Therapy with Med Management

TCPR: Computer-assisted therapies have been around for decades. What makes mental health apps different? Dr. Torous: Computers have been used to support psychotherapy in many forms—email, video conferencing, texting, and online or desktop programs. Mental health apps take this to another level because they work through a device that most people keep

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