Mental Health in a Digital World

Mental Health in a Digital World

1st Edition - November 13, 2021

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  • Editors: Dan Stein, Naomi Fineberg, Samuel Chamberlain
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128222010
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128222027

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Mental Health in a Digital World addresses mental health assessments and interventions using digital technology, including mobile phones, wearable devices and related technologies. Sections discuss mental health data collection and analysis for purposes of assessment and treatment, including the use of electronic medical records and information technologies to improve services and research, the use of digital technologies to enhance communication, psychoeducation, screening for mental disorders, the problematic use of the internet, including internet gambling and gaming, cybersex and cyberchondria, and internet interventions, ranging from online psychotherapy to mobile phone apps and virtual reality adjuncts to psychotherapy.

Key Features

  • Reviews research and applications of digital technology to mental health
  • Includes digital technologies for assessment, intervention, communication and education
  • Addresses data collection and analysis, service delivery and the therapeutic relationship
  • Discusses the E-related disorders that complicate digital intervention


Researchers and clinicians in mental health, digital psychiatry and telemedicine

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
    Section A Digital Data Collection and Analysis
    2 Information technology and electronic health record to improve behavioral health services
    3 Big data and the goal of personalized health interventions
    4 Collecting data from Internet (and other platform) users for mental health research
    5 Ecological momentary assessment and other digital technologies for capturing daily life in mental health
    6 Social media big data analysis for mental health research
    Section B Communication, pscyhoeducation, screening
    7 Telepsychiatry and video-to-home (including security issues)
    8 Social Media and Clinical Practice
    9 Websites and the validity of mental health care information
    10 Digital phenotyping
    11 The digital therapeutic relationship: Retaining humanity in the digital age
    Section C Problematic use of the Internet
    12 Gambling disorder, gaming disorder, cybershopping, and other addictive/impulsive disorders online
    13 Cyberchondria, cyberhoarding, and other compulsive online disorders
    14 Internet-use disorders: A theoretical framework for their conceptualization and diagnosis
    15 Cybersex (including sex robots)
    16 Developmental aspects (including cyberbullying)
    Section D Interventions
    17 Internet-based psychotherapies
    18 Apps for mental health
    19 Clinical interventions for technology-based problems
    20 Scaling up of mental health services in the digital age: The rise of technology and its application to low- and middle-income countries
    21 Addiction, autonomy, and the Internet: Some ethical considerations

Product details

  • No. of pages: 526
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: November 13, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128222010
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128222027

About the Editors

Dan Stein

Dan J. Stein is Professor and Chair of the Dept of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, and Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Unit on Risk & Resilience in Mental Disorders. Dan’s training includes doctoral degrees in clinical neuroscience and in philosophy, and a post-doctoral fellowship in psychopharmacology. He is a clinician-scientist whose work has long focused on anxiety and related disorders. He has also mentored a range of other research, with publications spanning basic neuroscience, through clinical research, and on to public mental health. His research has had considerable influence (as evidenced by his h-index, perhaps the highest of any African scholar), as has his mentorship (as evidenced by the career success of his postgraduate students and fellows). Awards for his work include the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s Max Hamilton Award for his contributions to psychopharmacology, and its Ethics in Psychopharmacology Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Naomi Fineberg

Naomi Fineberg is Professor of Psychiatry at University of Hertfordshire and has a specific interest in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, as well as in the use of computer administered batteries to investigate compulsivity and impulsivity.

Affiliations and Expertise

Naomi Fineberg is Professor of Psychiatry at University of Hertfordshire

Samuel Chamberlain

Samuel Chamberlain is a Welcome Trust Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Cambridge University. He has a particular interest in impulsivity, and its manifestations in problematic internet use

Affiliations and Expertise

Welcome Trust Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridge University, UK

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