Digital therapeutics are products used on smartphones, tablets and laptops to help the person with a mental health problem or substance abuse issue learn coping mechanisms. It can also be used to help those who have severe insomnia.
Mental Health Therapy
Mental health therapy and technology work together and combine to bring about change in a person’s life. Digital therapeutics is usually prescribed by a doctor to work alongside medication.
Digital therapeutics is widely available for those with physical ailments such as diabetes by the wearing of technology. Still, new research and study are being conducted, and products are made for the mental health side of medicine.
When it comes to mental health, the tools provided by digital therapeutics is usually measurable therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy. As technology requires quantitative data rather than assumed or guessed for experiences, you would gain qualitative data.
The Experts Opinion
In a recent article from the Psychiatric Times, they state:
Thus far, these have focused on a variety of established needs in treatment, including technologies to provide information and guidance to patients, support needs in monitoring and behavior modification, expand access to motivational support, and deliver real-time assessments of cognitive function.Psychiatric Times
As you can see, the doctor will know what is working for you and what is not.
The Future of Digital Therapeutics
Admittedly there is still a huge amount of research and testing needed to be done, but the products so far look promising. Before a piece of software is brought to market, it must undergo stringent testing, unlike the current state of play you will find on app software available to anyone. Digital therapeutics is only available through a medical professional, and it is quite unlikely your local doctor will have access to them.
But the future is happening quickly, and it won’t be long before digital therapeutics is widely available for all to use.
In the meantime, there are products you can use which do not require medical authorisation and are available for you to download as an app or purchase to use as an alternative for face to face therapy.
Here are the ones I have discovered which could prove useful to you. I have searched out ones that can aid you in your mental health, from counselling to sleeping.
The Mindplace Company
[AF] If you seek to practice a deep form of meditation to aid you in your mental health, then look no further than these products. Meditation is recommended for those suffering from depression and anxiety. Click on the photo to go to their website.
Sleepphones By Acoustic Sheep
[AF] If sleep is a problem for you, then the sleepphones will help you towards a better nights sleep; you can use them to help block out sound or provide sound, and they are all in a neat headband. Perfect for those who prefer sleeping on their side. Click on the image to go to their website.
[AF] Another sleep product aid that will move you towards sleep is based on neuroscience technology. It is ideal if you are stressed, and it promotes sleep by relaxing the brain within minutes. Click the image to visit their website.
[AF] The counselling service is based online, and they can counsel you through their programme. They have trained professionals waiting for you to contact them, an ideal way to seek counselling from the comfort of your own home. Click on the image to go to their website.
While we wait for digital therapeutics to be rolled out to all of us, we have alternatives we can use in the meantime. I hope you will take up the offer of digital therapeutics. Should you be offered the service, it could change your life.
Peace and Blessings