Medical treatment of mental illness, from PTSD to depression, has come a long way. From asylums and "hysteria" to modern SSRIs and therapy, it's been one of the most eventful journeys in the history of medicine — but science continues to push the boundaries on treatment. Increasingly, modern technologies are being brought in to help patients, from tried-and-true methods to inventions that won't be perfected for decades. Advances in technology like virtual reality, smart brain scans, and magnetic fields are revolutionizing how we treat mental illness.
Technology can't help every issue under the sun, but scientists are hopeful that a range of bio-tech might be able to provide options for present and future generations of people with mental illness who need a break. At the moment, a lot of the discussion around technology and mental illness revolves around mobile apps, which can be personalized to an extent, but still won't be replacing one-on-one therapy and conventional methods of treatment any time soon. Beyond the smartphone, though, there are other things on the tech landscape, from algorithms to magnetic fields, that might be part of the future of mental health treatment. A lot of the work is preliminary and hopeful — but our kids and grandkids might be truly part of the space age of mental health.