Risks and rewards of digital therapeutics in treating mental disorders

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Madeline Stein & Michael Stein Contributor Share on Twitter Madeline Stein is a first year Doctorate student at Saybrook University studying Applied Psychophysiology within the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Michael Stein (@MichaelStein16) is an attorney and angel investor, with a focus on technology companies that want to make the world a better place.

More Americans than ever before are suffering from mental and emotional distress. In the U.S., the mental health problem is exacerbated by issues across infrastructure, government, and culture. However, because the resources for those living with mental health issues are constrained, startups could have a big impact.

In particular, we believe that digital therapeutic-approaches offer great promise in overcoming the problems inherent in traditional approaches to mental and behavioral therapy. Such problems relate to stigma, cost, and general inaccessibility of cost-effective treatments for the general population.

We are starting to see new energy behind innovators in the mental health space. Examples include Enlyte (discussed in greater detail below); Talkspace, an online therapy app that connects users with licensed therapists; Calm, a sleep and meditation app; and Feel, a wearable designed to monitor the


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