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What's Changing? - Therapy



Please see below selected recent therapy-related change.


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  • According to the Financial Times, the highest value for money comes from treating mental illness. There are many reasons for this. Empirically, mental illness accounts for more of the misery in our society than any other factor, including poverty. Under Covid, mental illness, became on average nearly 10 per cent worse for those already mentally ill, especially for women and young people. Excellent psychological treatments exist for most mental illness, and they are not expensive. But they reach fewer than one in five of those who need them. Finally, the economics. Mental illness is the main illness of working age, accounting for half working-age morbidity, and half of all disability and absenteeism. When people recover, they go back to work, come off benefits and pay more taxes.
  • The emerging field of financial therapy may have little to do with a particular money problem, but is instead often concerned with more subconscious issues that is causing stress. The root of a person’s relationship with money is very deep. “Money is a window to early trauma,” according to psychotherapist Judith Barr, in Connecticut, who focused on finance after recognising the deep effect that financial stress was having on her clients. “There have been very few times that I have worked with anyone on their money relationship where that hasn’t shown up.”


July 2020

  • An app can track mental health via your phone usage. It gauges users’ emotions by analysing factors such as voice, keystrokes, and amount of sleep. The hope is it will give mental health professionals a way to know how their patients are doing outside of a clinical setting so they can provide specialised treatment options.


June 2020

  • At Seattle’s Gottman Institute, relationship therapists attach wires to couples to assess their interactions. Now, the institute’s co-founders are spinning off this tech set-up into a startup, Affective Software, Inc. The new company offers an app-based, DIY solution, reports GeekWire. Couples upload videos of themselves (or their therapist does, with permission) to the app, which uses machine learning to assess the couple’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour. Couples can also choose to use fingertip sensors in conjunction with the app, to add additional data.
  • A chatbot called Woebot provides an AI-fuelled version of cognitive behavioural therapy. The makers of Woebot say it offers a powerful new form of self-care to those dealing with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The app free to use, and is working its way towards full FDA approval; a randomised, controlled trial by Woebot and Stanford University found the app could help people with depression. By mid 2020, Woebot exchanged 4.7 million messages with people every week. Woebot and apps like it have been a crucial aid for millions during the pandemic. But even before lockdowns began, psychiatry and talking therapy services in most affluent countries were stretched beyond their limit.


May 2020

  • Big Think wrote about how ecotherapy (also referred to as nature therapy) has been proven to be effective and is used in various practices and cultures around the world. While we stroll around the forest, breathing in the fresh air, airborne chemicals like phytoncides (a chemical many plants give off to fight disease) are also entering our system. When this happens, the human body responds by increasing the number of natural killer blood cells (a type of white blood cell) which attack virus-infected cells. In one 2009 study, participants spent 3 days/2 nights in a forested area. Their blood and urine were sampled before, during, and after the trip. Natural killer cell activity measured significantly higher during the days spent in the forest and the effect lasted up to 30 days after the trip. The results of a 10-study analysis proved that both men and women have similar self-esteem improvements after experiencing time spent in nature, and the boost in mood particularly impacted men. 


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July 2019

  • A mental therapy program using virtual reality, the Yes I Can project, was trialled in Hong Kong. Launched by AXA insurance, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Oxford VR, the program aims to help patients overcome their social fears. 250 people were recruited to traverse VR environments that reflect everyday scenarios like going to a cafe, a convenience store or a doctor’s waiting room. In those spaces they will confront and safely engage in social situations. 


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  • Some 45 million people live with mental illness in the US alone, but only 43% get the treatment they need. Now there’s an app for that, although it’s not yet clear if chatting online delivers the same life-changing benefits as traditional therapy. Quartz noted that talk therapy has its limits, but that for many people, including those with conditions like depression and anxiety, it can help. As the number of people who suffer from mental illness has risen starkly, virtual therapy might be a way to bring the benefits of talk therapy to those who find the face-to-face version cost-prohibitive or simply inconvenient.


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  • Mexican healthcare company Docademic launched Cool Emotions, a free app that uses AI and cognitive behavioral methodology to provide therapy, noted Trend-Watching. Launched in July 2018, Cool Emotions is designed to support young Latin Americans with issues such as depression, teen pregnancy and bullying. The app helps patients identify their problems, as well as educate them, propose solutions and motivate them to act. Therapy sessions on the app, with live therapists, last approximately 15 minutes. Patients that keep up with their sessions are rewarded with Docademic’s MTC cryptocurrency, which can then be exchanged for anything from medicines to concert tickets.


July 2018

  • Psychotherapy is one of the most valuable inventions of the last hundred years, argued The School of Life (TSOL), with an exceptional power to raise our levels of emotional well-being, improve our relationships, redeem the atmosphere in our families and assist us in mining our professional potential. But it is also profoundly misunderstood and the subject of a host of unhelpful fantasies, hopes and suspicions. Its logic is rarely explained and its voice seldom heard with sufficient directness. TSOL shared 20 small essays on its key concepts.
  • Psychotherapy won’t work for everyone, adds TSOL: one has to be in the right place in one’s mind, one has to stumble on a good therapist and be in a position to give the process due time and care. But that said, it believes that, with a fair wind, psychotherapy also has the chance to be the best thing we ever get around to doing.


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