Technology has advanced so much these days, that saying “there’s an app for that” has become part of our vernacular. Now researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine are developing new technologies to treat depression – including a mood-detecting smart phone that will call to check up to see how you are doing. The researchers say the new inventions could allow patients to skip traditional weekly therapy sessions, and offer immediate help and accessibility.
“These new approaches could offer fundamentally new treatment options to people who are unable to access traditional services or who are uncomfortable with standard psychotherapy,” said Dr. David Mohr, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “They also can be offered at significantly lower costs, which makes them more viable in an era of limited resources.”