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Mental Health in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise
Aboujaoude, Elias and Vladan Starcevic (Eds)
Oxford University Press / Softcover / 2015-04-01 / 019938018X
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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.

"In Mental Health in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise, Aboujaoude and Starcevic bring together technoskeptics and technophilics, who outline potential psychological risks and opportunities of using the Internet. Expert discussions on addiction, violence and bullying are followed up with an analysis of online and digital therapies. The plethora of view points presented overcomes the ubiquitous paragon of risky and problematic Internet use by providing a well-balanced and considered picture of digital technology in the context of mental health." - Daria Kuss, PhD MSc MA BA CPsychol, International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK "

"The book provides a timely, state of the art collection of highly-focused reviews of intriguing professional subjects related to mental health in the era of new media. Putting together a broad scope of such themes - from problematic gaming to cyberchondria to Internet violence, to eTherapy - grants readers a great academic resource on pathological and therapeutic perspectives of cyberpsychology. By thoughtful and useful organization, the book chapters guide readers in this relatively new field of research and shed lights on relevant psychological, medical, and sociological phenomena. The blend of theory, research, and practical issues covers important aspects of each subject and offers a comprehensive yet deep understanding of the topics covered. Readers from various disciplines - such as psychology, psychiatry, education, and social work - could highly benefit and get enriched by this volume." - Professor Azy Barak, Dept. of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa, Israel"

"Mental Health in the Digital Age is an excellent compendium of useful and up-to-date information about a diverse range of issues in Internet psychology, including gaming addiction, video game aggression, cyberbullying, online therapy, virtual reality, plus much more. A team of distinguished experts have parsed a complex and ever-growing bank of scientific literature, providing detailed, clear, and critical perspectives on key issues and controversies, making this work a highly accessible resource for researchers, educators, clinicians, policymakers, and students. A particular highlight of this text is its strong focus on the many significant challenges facing the field of clinical psychology as the Internet is increasingly intersecting with mental health issues - provided with ethical, practical, and objective statements of how to address these issues effectively in the future." - Dr. Daniel King, School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide, Australia"

"Authoritative and comprehensive, a key strength of this book is its systematic coverage of both the risks and the benefits of technology for mental health. An important addition to the library of any mental health practitioner and an invaluable text for students and researchers seeking a thoughtful review of the field." - Professor Kathy Griffiths, Director, National Institute of Mental Health Research, The Australian National University."

"The digital age promises much for improving our way of life, health, wellbeing, and connectedness to others. Along with this, it is critical that we ensure the benefits are not outweighed by the emergence of new mental health problems related to the immersion of technology into our daily lives. Mental Health in the Digital Age is an important and novel addition to the field, which explores the neurobiology, psychology and sociology of problematic digital media use and its integration into society. Mental Health in the Digital Age covers the spectrum of mental health problems to mental health solutions, all in one place, and provides readers with access to the range of research evidence across this spectrum in chapters that are easy to digest and comprehensive in their reach. - Frances Kay-Lambkin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia"

Contents:

Contents
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


Contributors:
Elias Aboujaoude, MD, MA
Clinical Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford, CA
USA

Craig A. Anderson, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Iowa State University
Department of Psychology
Ames, IA
USA

Gerhard Andersson, PhD
Professor
Linkoping University
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning
Linkoping
Sweden
and
Karolinska Institute
Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Stockholm
Sweden

David Berle, BA(Hons), MPsychol(Clin), PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Nepean Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Penrith, NSW
Australia

Zsolt Demetrovics, PhD
Professor
Eotvos Lorand University
Institute of Psychology
Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction
Budapest
Hungary

Lina Gega, PhD, BA(Hons), BN(Hons), RMN, ENB(650)
Reader in Mental Health
Northumbria University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Simon Gilbody, DPhil, FRCPsych, FRSA
Professor of Psychological Medicine and Health Services Research
University of York
Department of Health Sciences and HYMS
Mental Health and Addiction Research Group
York
United Kingdom

Mark D. Griffiths, PhD
Professor
Nottingham Trent University
Psychology Division
International Gaming Research Unit
Nottingham
United Kingdom

Christopher L. Groves, MS
Graduate Student
Iowa State University
Department of Psychology
Ames, IA
USA

Doug Hyun Han, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Chung Ang University
School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Seoul
South Korea

Keith M. Harris, PhD
Affiliate Investigator
NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
University of New South Wales
Randwick, NSW
Australia

Sarah E. Jones, MA
Doctoral Student
Arizona State University
Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Tempe, KY
USA

Anthony F. Jorm, PhD, DSc
Professorial Fellow
University of Melbourne
Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Parkville, Victoria
Australia

Sylvia Kauer, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre
Carlton, Victoria
Australia

Sun Mi Kim, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Chung Ang University
School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Seoul
South Korea

Orsolya Kiraly, MA
Doctoral Student
Eotvos Lorand University
Institute of Psychology
Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction and
Doctoral School of Psychology
Budapest
Hungary

Beatrix Koronczai, PhD
Assistant Lecturer
Eotvos Lorand University
Institute of Psychology
Department of Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology
Budapest
Hungary

Eric Malbos, MD, PhD
Physician and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Specialist
University Hospital of Sainte Marguerite
Department of Medical Psychology
Marseille
France

Jeffrey G. Miller, DNP, ACRN, APNP
Assistant Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Milwaukee, WI
USA

Katalin Nagygyorgy, MA
Doctoral Student
Eotvos Lorand University
Institute of Psychology
Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction
Budapest
Hungary

David J. Peterson, MBA, FACMPE
Administrator
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Milwaukee, WI
USA

Halley M. Pontes, BSc (Psychology), MSc (Clinical Psychology)
Doctoral Student
Nottingham Trent University
Psychology Division
International Gaming Research Unit
Nottingham
United Kingdom

Nicola J. Reavley, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Parkville, Victoria
Australia

Sophie C. Reid, MPsych (Clinical), PhD
Honorary Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Parkville, Victoria
Australia

Matthew W. Savage, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky
Department of Communication
Lexington, KY
USA

Vladan Starcevic, MD, PhD, FRANZCP
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Sydney
Sydney Medical School - Nepean
Discipline of Psychiatry
Sydney
Australia

Robert S. Tokunaga, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Communicology
Honolulu, HI
USA

Aviv Weinstein, PhD
Senior Lecturer
University of Ariel
Israel
and
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Nuclear Medicine
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Tel Aviv
Israel

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