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

Technology and mental disorders: a clinical probe into the differential impact on individuals
Chapter:
Technology and mental disorders: a clinical probe into the differential impact on individuals
Source:
Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry
Author(s):

Douglas W. Heinrichs

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199207428.003.0008

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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