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Mental Health in a Digital World - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128222010

Mental Health in a Digital World

1st Edition

Editors: Dan Stein Naomi Fineberg Samuel Chamberlain
Paperback ISBN: 9780128222010
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th November 2021
Page Count: 526
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Table of Contents

Section I: Digital Data Collection and Analysis
1. Electronic Medical Records and Information Technology to Improve Services
2. Big Data and Improving Personalized Health Interventions
3. Collecting Data from Internet Users for Psychiatry Research
4. Ecological Momentary Assessment, Digital Phenotyping, Media and Tracking (MISST)
5. Social Media Big Data Analysis

Section 2: Communication, Psychoeducation, Screening
6. Telepsychiatry
7. Web-sites and Psychoeducation
8. Mobile phones and Psychiatric Screening
9. The Digital Therapeutic Relationship
10. Internet Support Groups

Section 3: Problematic Use of the Internet
11. Gaming Disorder, Gambling Disorder, Cybershopping, and Other Addictive/Impulsive Disorders Online
12. Cyberchondria, Cyberhoarding, and Other Compulsive Disorders Online
13. Cellphone Addiction, Network Addiction, and Similar Phenomena
14. Cybersex
15. Developmental Aspects, including Cyberbullying

Section 4: Interventions
16. Online Psychotherapy (excluding apps)
17. Cognitive Training, Virtual Reality, Wearable Technologies, and Other Digital Adjuncts to Therapy
18. Apps for Mental Health
19. Online interventions for Online problems
20. Policy Responses to Problematic Internet Use


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


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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