Adaptive aids for mental healthcare:

Adaptive aids are the assistive technologies used to support people with mental health conditions such as memory impairments, autism, cognitive disabilities, and many others. It may include hearing aids, lists, calendars, schedules, therapeutic alarms, reminders, distracters, symptom trackers, or many others.

Who should use adaptive aids?

Adaptive aids can be quite beneficial for any person with mental health conditions that can compromise cognition, decision-making, memory, or executive functioning. The conditions include but not limited to

  • Schizophrenia
  • Social phobias
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Mood and Bipolar disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Intellectual disabilities due to brain injuries.

How adaptive aids help patients with mental illnesses?

Adaptive aids help people with mental illnesses through a variety of ways such as,

  1. Schedulers or Reminders provide cognitive support to patients with memory impairment or executive dysfunction.
  2. Mood trackers support self-management therapies in patients with mood/behavioral issues.
  3. Safety devices/aids provide preventive support to patients with high self-harm risks.
  4. Communication devices help people with speaking issues share their thoughts.
  5. Distracter aids reduce agitation and anxiety.
  6. Music devices and audio files block or manage auditory hallucinations in schizophrenic patients.
  7. Wheelchairs or mobility aids provide mechanical support for patients with physical symptoms.

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