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S3: #021: Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh on Developing and Applying Technology in Mental Health

51 minutes

In this episode of Digital Health Today, we’re going to switch things up and talk about something that needs more attention and resources: mental health. It’s being talked about more and more as we break down the barriers and stigma associated with mental health and mental illness, and to get this conversation started on this program, I went directly to one of the leaders I had the opportunity to meet several times last year. That leader is Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, he is a psychiatrist and Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He’s also the innovation officer at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief Medical Officer of Brain Power - a wearables company focused on developing solutions for children and adults with autism.

 

He was raised in England and he moved to the United States to pursue his dream of leveraging clinical neuroscience to improve the treatment of people with brain disorders. He is a graduate of Singularity University and he speaks at conferences around the world - I’ve included a few videos of those talks at Exponential Medicine below. Dr. Vahabzadeh was recognized as a ‘40 under 40’ top innovator in 2015, and is working to bring exponential transformational change for global mental health.

 

Just as I was working to put the final touches on this podcast and release it, some news hit the headlines in the UK about a podcast that Prince Harry did where he spoke about his own personal challenges dealing with the death of his mother. It was a powerful podcast and he was very candid about how the approach he took early in life really caused him to close down emotionally, and how therapy helped him process things and develop a much better mental state. It is so key to have respected leaders on the world stage speaking candidly and openly about the importance of mental health, and I applaud and thank Prince Harry, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for having the courage to share that in his interview. There are a couple links below you should check out showing why and what they're doing to raise the profile of mental health.

 

Today’s Topics:

Defining Mental Health, Mental Wellness and Mental IllnessThe cost of mental health and mental illnessThe subjective nature of diagnosing mental illnessThe challenges and obstacles of getting help to where it is neededThe top technologies being developed for mental health applicationsHow regulators are approaching technologies for mental health and wellnessWhat people should do to help themselves or people they care about get the help they need 

More about Arshya:

Follow on Twitter: @vahabzadehmdVisit Arshya's Personal Website40 under 40 articleHis work at Brain Power

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