Mental Health in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise

Paperback | May 12, 2015

EditorElias Aboujaoude, Vladan Starcevic

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The Internet and related technologies have reconfigured every aspect of life, including mental health. Although the negative and positive effects of digital technology on mental health have been debated, all too often this has been done with much passion and few or no supporting data. InMental Health in the Digital Age, Elias Aboujaoude and Vladan Starcevic have edited a book that brings together distinguished experts from around the world to review the evidence relating to this area. The first part of the book addresses threats resulting from the growing reliance on, and misuse of, digital technology; it also looks at how some problematic behaviors and forms of psychopathology have been shaped by this technology. This section reviews problematic Internet and video game use,effects of violent video games on the levels of aggression and of online searches for health-related information on the levels of health anxiety, use of digital technology to harm other people, and promotion of suicide on the Internet. The second part of Mental Health in the Digital Age examines the ways in which digital technology has boosted efforts to help people with mental health problems. These include the use of computers, the Internet, and mobile phones to educate and provide information necessary for psychiatric treatmentand to produce programs for psychological therapy, as well as use of electronic mental health records to improve care.Mental Health in the Digital Age is a unique and timely book because it examines comprehensively an intersection between digital technology and mental health and provides a state-of-the-art, evidence-based, and well-balanced look at the field. The book is a valuable resource and guide to an areaoften shrouded in controversy, as it is a work of critical thinking that separates the hype from the facts and offers data-driven conclusions. It is of interest particularly to mental health professionals, but also to general audience.

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The Internet and related technologies have reconfigured every aspect of life, including mental health. Although the negative and positive effects of digital technology on mental health have been debated, all too often this has been done with much passion and few or no supporting data. InMental Health in the Digital Age, Elias Aboujaoud...

Dr. Aboujaoude is the Director of the OCD Clinic and the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His research has focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder and behavioral addictions, including problematic Internet use. In addition, Dr. Aboujaoude has written two books for the lay audience that wer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019938018X

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Introduction: www (dot) Mental Health by Elias Aboujaoude and Vladan StarcevicSection I: Challenges1. Elias Aboujaoude and Aviv Weinstein: Problematic Internet Use: An Overview2. Mark D. Griffiths, Orsolya Kir ly, Halley M. Pontes and Zsolt Demetrovics: An Overview of Problematic Gaming3. Orsolya Kir ly, Katalin Nagygyrgy, Beatrix Koronczai, Mark D. Griffiths and Zsolt Demetrovics: Assessment of Problematic Internet Use and Online Video Gaming4. Sun Mi Kim and Doug Hyun Han: Neurobiological Aspects of Problematic Internet and Video Game Use5. Christopher L. Groves and Craig A. Anderson: Video Game Violence and Offline Aggression6. Vladan Starcevic and David Berle: Cyberchondria: An Old Phenomenon in a New Guise?7. Matthew W. Savage, Sarah E. Jones and Robert S. Tokunaga: Cyberbullying: A Mental Health Perspective8. Keith M. Harris: Life vs. Death: The Suicidal Mind, OnlineSection II: Opportunities9. Nicola J. Reavley and Anthony F. Jorm: Psychoeducation and the Internet10. Gerhard Andersson: Internet-Based Psychotherapy11. Lina Gega and Simon Gilbody: Software-Based Psychotherapy: The Example of Computerized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (cCBT)12. Eric Malbos: Next Frontier: Virtual Reality in Exposure Therapy13. Sylvia Kauer and Sophie C. Reid: mTherapy: An Overview of Mobile Device-Assisted Psychological Therapy and Prevention of Mental Health Problems14. David J. Peterson and Jeffrey G. Miller: Electronic Mental Health Records in the United States: Promise and Pitfalls

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"The digital age promises much for improving our way of life, health, wellbeing, and connectedness to others. Along with this, it is critical that we ensure the benefits are not outweighed by the emergence of new mental health problems related to the immersion of technology into our dailylives. Mental Health in the Digital Age is an important and novel addition to the field, which explores the neurobiology, psychology and sociology of problematic digital media use and its integration into society. Mental Health in the Digital Age covers the spectrum of mental health problems tomental health solutions, all in one place, and provides readers with access to the range of research evidence across this spectrum in chapters that are easy to digest and comprehensive in their reach." --Frances Kay-Lambkin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia