Computer-based tools and other technology could help patients with mental health disorders overcome barriers to seeking treatment, according to a recent report by the California HealthCare Foundation.
The report, by health economist Jane Sarasohn- Kahn, notes that several barriers prevent people from seeking mental health care, such as:
• Confusion about where to seek help;
• Lack of insurance coverage;
• Social stigma; and
• Unwillingness to take psychoactive drugs.
The report states that computer-based cognitive therapy offers a low-cost, convenient alternative to traditional psychotherapy. It adds that computer-based therapy also could help people in underserved areas obtain access to mental health treatment.
According to the report, other IT tools that could aid in mental health treatment include:
• Mobile health applications;
• Online social networks;
• Therapy-oriented games; and
• Virtual reality programs.