Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dan McCarthy

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Awareness of the importance of mental health is growing rapidly in modern society; however, the rates of depression, anxiety, and stress have also grown exponentially. In recent years, there have been tremendous strides in mental health apps on mobile devices; yet, very little research has been done to determine if mobile apps could help the general population decrease mental health issues. Considering new health-related devices, most of the recent developments concern symptoms relating to physical exercise. Devices targeting proper mental health care are not nearly as well known. This honors senior project reviews the findings of recent empirical studies as well as review the user-reviews of specified mental health apps. An experimental study was also conducted on people’s perception of mental health apps being used as a primary form of treatment for people who may suffer from minor mental health issues. This paper (1) collectively evaluates and compares the perception of mental health apps and (2) overviews the effects of using mental health mobile apps as a way to decrease stress, depression and anxiety symptoms to improve mental well being.

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