Although a significant number of medical and technology researchers see smartphones as “health’s next frontier” — and they may well be right — to date we have limited data that allow us to make declarative statements about the value of the health apps people are (more…)

“Internet addiction disorder” is not an “official” clinical diagnosis listed in the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). However, it is also not exactly a newly recognized problem, and characteristics of the spectrum of this disorder appear to (more…)

A new study just published yesterday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology offers insights into the risk for various types of mental and emotional distress associated with diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Mehnert et al. interviewed a total of 2,141 patients at a variety of (more…)





The detection, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses and substance abuse conditions is a public health imperative. Behavioral health conditions, including both mental illnesses and addictive disorders, are common and are, according to the World Health Organization, the most disabling of all illnesses in the (more…)