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Doctor Issues Warning Over Mindfulness Apps Offering ‘Quick Fix’

Doctors are warning about the risks of relying on smartphone mindfulness apps, offering meditation and breathing exercises, for your mental health. The apps have become some of the most popular downloads, offering everything from improved creativity to pain relief. But Dr Quinn Grundy, a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, has [...]

By |2017-05-15T10:15:38+10:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Health Apps Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Fitness trackers and mental health apps could be doing more harm than good because they are not based on sound science, researchers have warned, comparing some health app developers to “snake oil salesmen of the 1860s”. Greg Hager, professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University, said that in the absence of trials or scientific [...]

Too Many Mental Health Apps Put Style Over Substance

We share some of our most intimate data with mental health apps, but there's surprisingly little proof of what they give us in return. Many medical experts are starting to find problematic the lack of clear science backing up apps that promise to help with everything from low mood to depression. Bruce Bolam, program director [...]

Can Apps Improve Your Mental Wellbeing?

Pixabay Images To the smartphone-addled among us, advising the use of apps to fix mental health problems might seem like telling someone who needs to get fit to live on jam and fags. But it’s happening all the same. While gadget and social media addiction are lampooned for increasing teenage depression, and complaints [...]