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The Digital Future of Mental Health

Posted Oct 04 2012 2:30pm

Fun futuristic vision over at The Atlantic, titled  The Extremely Personal Computer: The Digital Future of Mental Health :

“It’s 2018, and you’re not feeling your best. Yesterday, on the phone with Comcast, you forgot your social security number, and had to call your mom to get it…You fire up your PC and dig out your biomonitor wrist strap. “Welcome back kiddo,” Regina, your therapist avatar, greets you. Regina has shiny red hair and glasses, and the Australian accent of a Bond girl. “Let’s catch up.” “I’m so sorry to hear what you’ve been through,” Regina says, eyes wide. “I am here for you, ready to help you improve your mood and your mind.” …Thomas Insel, head of the National Institute of Mental Health, supported these efforts from the start, as an example of what he described to the Royal Society of London in 2011 as psychiatry as “clinical neuroscience.”…We’re at an extraordinary moment where the entire scientific foundation for mental health is shifting, with the 20th century discipline of psychiatry becoming the 21st century discipline of clinical neuroscience.”

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