“The data showing depressed people tended not to go many places reflects the loss of motivation seen in depression,” said Mohr, who is a clinical psychologist and professor of preventive medicine at Feinberg. “When people are depressed, they tend to withdraw and don’t have the motivation or energy to go out and do things.”
"There are a lot of problems with reaching people in rural and poor areas, apps are a great way to reach people who aren't currently getting services." Davis "Researchers see an opportunity to create apps rooted in science, putting effective mobile therapy in the palms and pockets of the masses." "These apps were developed by clinical psychologists using the same strategies that we know have research support in face-to-face therapy." -Kate Noth, PhD
"These apps can be especially helpful for teenagers and young adults suffering from mental illness due to their frequent use of technology as a means of communication. The apps can be helpful as a way to engage people who may be unwilling or unable to attend face-to-face therapy, and they can also provide support in between sessions."
"We know these approaches work. They are designed to teach many of the same skills that therapists try to teach people. Different things work for different people. The goal is to find what's right for you. This is precision medicine for treating depression and anxiety delivered directly to the user." -David C. Mohr, PhD, Director of CBITs
An algorithm also recommends new apps and opportunities to learn new skills based on user behavior. Mohr, in a university statement, calls the technique “precision medicine for treating depression and anxiety delivered directly to the user,” adding “It will help the millions of people who want support, but can’t get to a therapist’s office.”
“Mobile mental health is a growing field that's generating excitement. But most of the apps available today are poorly designed and not based on validated psychological theory. People may download them but often don't use them more than once. Thus, it's important to create apps that can continue to offer new strategies, so people stay engaged.”
A Therapist in One’s Pocket: mHealth to Improve Access to Mental Health Care -National Institute of Mental Health
David Mohr, PhD, Presentation on eHealth/mHealth Interventions at the Institute of Medicine Conference -Institute of Medicine, YouTube