Skip main navigation

Digital Health and the Rise of Mental Health Apps


Using digital tools might not always beneficial. Please take some time to read this review. Digital Health and the Rise of Mental Health Apps. New research warns that self-diagnosing apps are unreliable and may overtreat.

There are always risks of medical error and privacy invasion. This review points out improper use of healthcare-related apps without professional guidance or contradiction may lead to excessive self-monitoring or other issues.

If you check the link in this review, you will find out another research: Mobile mental-health apps have exploded onto the market, but few have been thoroughly tested.

The essay indicates several debating arguments:

  • Improper guide of medical apps leads to worse results.
  • High cost of building medical apps with the medical supervisor
  • Distributing mental health apps in the developing world presents further challenges.

Sleepio is also being mentioned in this essay. This essay gives us a better idea of how digital apps is being evaluated. It seems mHealth still has a long way to go.

This article is from the free online

Application of Digital Health Interventions

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education