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Schizophrenia: If a Disease Falls in a No-App World, Does It Exist?

November 21, 2013 by


There’s nothing like a creative mental health app to make a mental health writer happy, especially an app-addict. As far as I’m concerned, any illness can be monitored and improved by finding the perfect application to ease a specific illness’s suffering. For example, I’m headache-prone so I don’t just have one app to record my […]

Cervical Cancer? Yup, an App For That, Too–But Is It Any Good?

September 3, 2012 by


Given that it’s Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, with cervical cancer claiming its spot as the most common of these cancers, I began to wonder what the app world is doing for awareness and prevention. Better and more sophisticated applications for diabetes monitoring seem to appear fast and furious these days, with new and more innovative […]

Free Apps for the Mental Health Blogger

August 5, 2012 by


As I’m sure you may have noticed by the sheer number of posts I put out a week, I don’t run short of ideas. Between my own general interests, and breaking news from the alphabet soup of the FDA, AMA, APA, CDC, WHO–and the other APA–I get pretty far. And that doesn’t count the inevitable, “you […]

“The Lives of Two Hashtags” Takes on a Life of Its Own: Physical Illness Beats Out Mental

July 25, 2012 by


  I love comments. Just when you start to think you’re exercising your mind, your researching capacity, and your typing abilities for nought, someone doesn’t just read your post–they care enough to actually share a response with you. It’s so gratifying. And sometimes the responses are really illuminating. For example, earlier I put out a […]

Lives of Two Hashtags: How Can Mental Illness Compete?

July 25, 2012 by


Twitter has its fingers on the pulse of the nation, on the ‘what’s-hot-what’s-not’ ongoings in the world of the web. So, using’s software, I checked out how frequently the hashtag ‘#mentalillness’ occurred on Twitter in the past month. create infographics with The numbers seemed low to me–alarmingly low, given the depth and breadth […]

What’s the Matter with Mobile Health Apps Today?

July 24, 2012 by


“I don’t see why anybody wants ‘em!. . ./They are just impossible to control!?What’s the matter with. . . .mobile health apps??. . . today?” When it isn’t Dick Van Dyke lamenting the state of kids in “Bye Bye Birdie,” it seems it’s a group of nay-sayers about the status of mobile health apps. With […]

Fending off Forgetting: Pillboxie

July 17, 2012 by


Managing medications is a difficult endeavor. I’ve come up with this brilliant little solution: When I wake up and take my morning meds, I then throw them, so I’ll know I’ve taken them. I throw the ones I won’t need again into my pill basket (or I try to, I’ll never make it as a quarterback), and […]

Curing Your ‘Internet Addiction’–Via. . .Internet Apps? It’s No Joke.

July 13, 2012 by


When I came across apps for what people were calling ‘Internet addiction,’ I thought I had slid down the rabbit hole. Treating addiction to computer technology with computer technology? It sounded–let’s just say ‘off.’ But we must know the mantra by now: There’s always an app for that–even too much app. Now, the Internet addiction these apps treat isn’t […]

“MHealth in Mobile Apps” Weekly

July 12, 2012 by


Check out the “MHealth in Mobile Apps” Weekly, with the week’s round-up on what’s new and upcoming in the world of mobile health apps. This week’s topics range from an instant anatomy heart lectures app available on the Android to an interview with the VP of Weight Watchers about self-tracking for all to a new […]

Addendum to Posts on How to Get Support Online–For Any Illness: patientslikeme

July 3, 2012 by


A quick but relevant addition to the posts on online support for medical conditions, if I may (see, for example, today’s “Getting Support for Bipolar Disorder Online,” or  last month’s “Twitter and Mental Health: Getting the Most Out of Your Tweeting Experience” for some mental health examples). Patientslikeme is a support and informational site inclusive of 154,826 […]

Getting Support for Bipolar Disorder Online: Some Suggestions for Streamlining the Process

July 3, 2012 by


If you’ve been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD), and you feel alone, or isolated, or desirous of more information about the illness, or you just want to connect to others who share your situation, you need walk no further than to your computer chair. Between online support groups, blogs, Twitter, you can get information and […]

They’re On Their Way: MHealth and the Elderly

July 2, 2012 by


Traditionally, senior citizens have lagged behind their younger counterparts in adapting to new technology. This has been true, of course, when it comes to mHealth, as well; an unfortunate truth, since the elderly have much to gain, in independence, decreased hospital admissions, and a sense of control over the health declines that can accompany aging. […]


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