Mental Health in the Digital Age

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

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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. In Mental 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 treatment and 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 area often 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 14mm | 432g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019938018X
  • 9780199380183
  • 848,900

Table of contents

Contents ; Introduction: www (dot) Mental Health by Elias Aboujaoude & Vladan Starcevic ; Section I: Challenges ; Chapter 1. Problematic Internet Use: An Overview by Elias Aboujaoude & Aviv Weinstein ; Chapter 2. An Overview of Problematic Gaming by Mark D. Griffiths, Orsolya Kiraly, Halley M. Pontes & Zsolt Demetrovics ; Chapter 3. Assessment of Problematic Internet Use and Online Video Gaming by Orsolya Kiraly, Katalin Nagygyorgy, Beatrix Koronczai, Mark D. Griffiths & Zsolt Demetrovics ; Chapter 4. Neurobiological Aspects of Problematic Internet and Video Game Use by Sun Mi Kim & Doug Hyun Han ; Chapter 5. Video Game Violence and Offline Aggression by Christopher L. Groves & Craig A. Anderson ; Chapter 6. Cyberchondria: An Old Phenomenon in a New Guise? by Vladan Starcevic & David Berle ; Chapter 7. Cyberbullying: A Mental Health Perspective by Matthew W. Savage, Sarah E. Jones & Robert S. Tokunaga ; Chapter 8. Life vs. Death: The Suicidal Mind, Online by Keith M. Harris ; Section II: Opportunities ; Chapter 9. Psychoeducation and the Internet by Nicola J. Reavley & Anthony F. Jorm ; Chapter 10. Internet-Based Psychotherapy by Gerhard Andersson ; Chapter 11. Software-Based Psychotherapy: The Example of Computerized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (cCBT) by Lina Gega & Simon Gilbody ; Chapter 12. Next Frontier: Virtual Reality in Exposure Therapy by Eric Malbos ; Chapter 13. mTherapy: An Overview of Mobile Device-Assisted Psychological Therapy and Prevention of Mental Health Problems by Sylvia Kauer & Sophie C. Reid ; Chapter 14. Electronic Mental Health Records in the United States: Promise and Pitfalls by David J. Peterson & Jeffrey G. Miller
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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 daily lives. 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 to mental 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 Authoritative and comprehensive, a key strength of this book is its systematic coverage of both the risks and the benefits of technology for mental health. An important addition to the library of any mental health practitioner and an invaluable text for students and researchers seeking a thoughtful review of the field."
- Professor Kathy Griffiths, Director, National Institute of Mental Health Research, The Australian National University. Mental Health in the Digital Age is an excellent compendium of useful and up-to-date information about a diverse range of issues in Internet psychology, including gaming addiction, video game aggression, cyberbullying, online therapy, virtual reality, plus much more. A team of distinguished experts have parsed a complex and ever-growing bank of scientific literature, providing detailed, clear, and critical perspectives on key issues and controversies, making this
work a highly accessible resource for researchers, educators, clinicians, policymakers, and students. A particular highlight of this text is its strong focus on the many significant challenges facing the field of clinical psychology as the Internet is increasingly intersecting with mental health issues
- provided with ethical, practical, and objective statements of how to address these issues effectively in the future."
- Dr. Daniel King, School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide, Australia The book provides a timely, state of the art collection of highly-focused reviews of intriguing professional subjects related to mental health in the era of new media. Putting together a broad scope of such themes - from problematic gaming to cyberchondria to Internet violence, to eTherapy - grants readers a great academic resource on pathological and therapeutic perspectives of cyberpsychology. By thoughtful and useful organization, the book chapters guide readers
in this relatively new field of research and shed lights on relevant psychological, medical, and sociological phenomena. The blend of theory, research, and practical issues covers important aspects of each subject and offers a comprehensive yet deep understanding of the topics covered. Readers from
various disciplines - such as psychology, psychiatry, education, and social work - could highly benefit and get enriched by this volume."
- Professor Azy Barak, Dept. of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa, Israel In Mental Health in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise, Aboujaoude and Starcevic bring together technoskeptics and technophilics, who outline potential psychological risks and opportunities of using the Internet. Expert discussions on addiction, violence and bullying are followed up with an analysis of online and digital therapies. The plethora of view points presented overcomes the ubiquitous paragon of risky and problematic Internet use by providing a
well-balanced and considered picture of digital technology in the context of mental health."
- Daria Kuss, PhD MSc MA BA CPsychol, International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK Mental Health in the Digital Age is an up-to-date reference work that will be of assistance to any clinician seeking to understand online addiction and the potential for the internet to change clinical practice. * Olav Nielssen, Australasian Psychiatry, 23(6), 2015 *
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About Elias Aboujaoude

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 were inspired by his research and clinical work. His books have been widely covered, including by the New York Times, the Wall Street
Journal, Newsweek, CNN, and the BBC.

Vladan Starcevic is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School - Nepean. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of the Academic Department of Psychiatry at Nepean Hospital in Sydney, Australia. His past academic titles include Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle and Associate Professor at the University of Belgrade. His main professional and research interests pertain to anxiety disorders, hypochondriasis, problematic Internet and
video game use, and psychiatric diagnosis and classification. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He also co-edited two books on hypochondriasis and health anxiety and is the author or co-editor of five other books on various aspects of anxiety
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