Virtual Clinics, Possible Solution to Fight Mental Illness [VIDEO]
Experts say that mental illness is a growing problem across the world and one solution to this dilemma is to expand virtual clinics and online psychiatric resources that people could access anywhere in the world.
Just last week, the World Health Organization, said that mental disorders, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorders are now the leading causes of disability and ill health worldwide, the Reuters reported.
Since 2005, depression rates have risen by 18 percent, mainly because of lack of health treatment caused by not consulting a psychiatrist or a physician for the fear of stigma, combined with the lack of support for mental health.
With these numbers, mental health practitioners and experts in the field of psychology and psychiatry believe that web-based psychotherapies and online assessments will significantly change the numbers and the field.
According to Michael Krausz, a leading specialist at the World Psychiatric Association and a psychiatry professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada said that virtual clinics or E-mental health should be a major move to be a part of the answer for the growing problem in mental health issues.
The European Congress of Psychiatry in Florence held a researcher's meeting and according to them, virtual reality, apps, and chatbots should be the default treatment for people and patients with conditions ranging from psychosis to depression, the Times said in an article.
The increasing rates of mental illness are rampantly growing and the only plausible solution to stage its front-line solution is to break down the toll in technology, which is present in the society.
The ECP added that through proactive research and approach, mental illness could be aided. By creating additional virtual system or virtual clinics which could improve the quality of health care and build capacity, patients with problems of depression and other sorts of mental illness could be reached.