According to the World Health Organization, depression affects more than 300 million individuals.
But digital therapies, through apps on our smartphone, could soon become great allies to combat it, according to a study published in the magazine World psychiatry.
MoodHacker, MyCompass, Get Happy, iBobbly are some of the apps that promise to fight depression, and their effectiveness has been tested in this study coordinated by Joseph Firth, from the Australian National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) and the Department of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester.
Total, 22 mobile applications were analyzed developed by professionals to conduct clinical trials and the data of 3,400 men and women between 18 and 59 years of age who had been diagnosed with different types of mental illnesses or conditions, from depression or bipolar disorder, to anxiety or insomnia.
In general, this type of intervention managed to significantly reduce symptoms related to depression. As he explains:
Most of the population in developed countries has one of these smartphones; This includes young people who, according to different studies, increasingly suffer from this disorder. Rapid advances are being made in this field, so users can benefit from a satisfactory treatment thanks to their smartphones.
In spite of everything, these types of apps are not better than conventional treatments and do not avoid, if the doctor considers it so, the need to take antidepressant drugs.
In addition to therapy, digital tools are also increasingly interesting in the field of diagnosis: for example, depending on the photos we put on Instagram, it can be deduced if we suffer from depression.