Too many mental health apps put style over substance

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We share some of our most intimate data with mental health apps, but there’s surprisingly little proof of what they give us in return.

Many medical experts are starting to find problematic the lack of clear science backing up apps that promise to help with everything from low mood to depression.

Bruce Bolam, program director at VicHealth, oversaw a recent review of more than 300 health and wellbeing apps.

While he praised the dynamism of a “free market of smartphone apps,” Bolam explained that while many apps scored top marks when it came to design and gamification, the science behind their treatment method was a lot weaker. Read more…

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