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

ISBN : 9780199380183

Elias Aboujaoude; Vladan Starcevic
304 Pages
155 x 235 mm
Pub date
May 2015
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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.


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

About the author: 

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 disorders.

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