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Chancen und Risiken der digitalen Revolution für depressiv Erkrankte

Journal: Die Psychiatrie - Grundlagen und Perspektiven
ISSN: 1614-4864
Topic:

Depression

Issue: 2017 (Vol. 14): Issue 3 2017
Pages: -

Chancen und Risiken der digitalen Revolution für depressiv Erkrankte

U. Hegerl, C. Oehler (1), A. Reif (2)

(1) Stiftung Deutsche Depressionshilfe (Vorsitzender: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hegerl); (2) Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt (Direktor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Reif)

Keywords

Depression, Social media, quantified self, e-mental health, iCBT, wearables

Summary

The dynamic digitization of all areas of life presents both great opportunity and great risk for people with mental illnesses. Psychiatry is called upon to help shape the process of digitization to the patients’ benefit. Using depressive disorders as an example, the role of digital services for a) the provision of information and exchange of experience, b) online-based psychotherapy and self-management programs, and c) the recording and utilization of self-ratings and biosensor data via mobile devices such as smartphones or wearables will be outlined. The existing body of evidence of the effectiveness of digital psychotherapy and digital self-management programs will be discussed critically. In addition to outlining the obvious risks of data protection issues, data security and the quality of digital services, the complex impact of digitization on the concept of humankind and self-image will be addressed. An increasingly important task of psychiatrists will be to provide patients with advice and orientation in the rapidly growing and complex field of eHealth applications and services.

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