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Technology and mental disorders: a clinical probe into the differential impact on individuals

Douglas W. Heinrichs

in Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry

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Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780199207428
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754494 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199207428.003.0008

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Technology and mental disorders: a clinical probe into the differential impact on individuals

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Douglas Heinrichs details the impact of technology on three psychiatric disorders. In the first situation he describes the interactions of an individual suffering from attention deficit disorder with a complex phone menu. In a second situation he points to the benefits of communication through e-mail for patients with Asperger syndrome who have limited tolerance for direct human contact. In a final example Heinrichs describes the complex impact of technologically driven expectations of efficient, machine-like performance on patients with volatile mood disorders.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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