depression

If I Talk to a Psychologist, Will They Take Away My Gun?

The cheerful young man in Chicago’s O’Hare airport wore a cowboy hat and was dressed in long, baggy denim shorts despite the chilly November evening. His chin was flecked with blond stubble, tattoos covered both forearms, and a plug sagged in his earlobe. He looked to be in his early twenties. While we waited for our flight to Seattle, we chatted. Or mostly, I listened.

Improve Your Health with Smartphone Technology

We were always told that when we got to the 21st century, we’d all be traveling in rockets and technology would improve our lives in amazing ways. Well, we don’t commute via rockets yet and we don’t quite have diagnostic health tricorders like those on Star Trek (or do we?—see the end of this article), but the pace of our lives is quickening (thank you millennials!) and we do have some amazing tools to help us. Try these three approaches to learn how to use your smartphone to improve your health.

A Smartphone App Offers Hope

When someone is discouraged, maintaining perspective can be difficult. Our new mobile app--the Virtual Hope Box (VHB)—can help with that. It’s based on a physical “hope box” that some clinicians use with their patients--an actual box where patients can collect things that are soothing, that remind them of good times and their achievements, that help them feel worthwhile or give them hope.

Making an App for Depression Better

PAJ 2.0 Activity screen

Pleasant Event Scheduling (PES) can now be done on your personal smartphone with a mobile app called Positive Activity Jackpot (PAJ). PES is a term that psychologists use for “brainstorming for healthy activities” – a behavioral health exercise for depression that’s traditionally done with pen and paper. And unless you’re privy to all the clinical research to know that it’s a solid and clinically valid tool for depression, it’s an exercise that on the surface could seem almost trivial.

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