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July 2016

Depression Can Break Your Heart

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3D Illustration of heart attackDid you know that depression is now considered to be an important risk factor for heart disease along with high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure?

1 in 20 American adults experience major depression in a given year but the ratio changes to 1 in 3 for people who have survived a heart attack.

A study conducted in Baltimore, MD found that of 1,551 people who were free of heart disease, those who had a history of depression were 4 times more likely than those who did not to suffer a heart attack in the next 14 years. In addition, researchers in Montreal, Canada found that heart patients who were depressed were 4 times as likely to die in the next 6 months as those who were not depressed.

The combined and separate public health impact of depression and heart disease is staggering. Depression is the estimated leading cause of disability worldwide, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States by a large margin – approximately 1 in 3 Americans will die of some form of heart disease.

To learn more about the link between heart disease and depression visit www.nimh.nih.gov

To learn more and sign up for updates on how eMindLog can help click here

 

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What’s the ROI of Treatment for Depression and Anxiety?

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enterpriseAs companies look more and more at additional benefits that can be provided to employees that also benefit the company, mental health continues to rise in these conversations. The World Health Organization took a look at the ROI of investing in mental health care for employees.

Every $1 USD invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of $4 USD in better health and ability to work, according to a new WHO-led study which estimates, for the first time, both the health and economic benefits of investing in treatment of the most common forms of mental illness globally.

These are some quick facts about the state of depression and anxiety in the world today:

  • Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people experiencing depression and/or anxiety increased  nearly 50% from 416 million to 615 million
  • Close to 10% of the world’s population are affected
  • Mental disorders account for 30% of the global non-fatal disease burden
  • The WHO estimates that, during emergencies, as many as 1 in 5 people are affected by depression and anxiety

A new study conducted by the WHO calculated the treatment costs and health outcomes in 36 low-, middle-, and high-income countries from 2016-2030. The estimated cost to scaling up treatment, primarily in psychosocial counseling and antidepressant medication, equaled $147 billion USD. You’re probably thinking that is a really high number. However, a 5% increase in labor force participation and productivity is valued at $399 billion USD and improved health adds another $310 billion USD in returns.

If it improves employee quality of life and the return is that high, why not invest in making treatment available?

 

To read the entirety of the update from the WHO, visit their website.

The published study findings can be found in The Lancet Psychiatry here.

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A New Tool for Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

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Everyone either experiences or knows someone who experiences stress, anxiety, or depression. It is a constant of everyday life. In fact, in 2013, the National Institutes for Health stated that among adults in the United States:

  • 18% had an anxiety disorder
  • 9% were diagnosed with a mood disorder
  • 20% of US adults experienced high or extreme stress

Stress doesn’t just have a personal impact; it also has an economic impact. Depression costs employers over $44 billion annually in lost productivity, 81% due to poorer on-the-job performance. The cost of depression to employers in lost work days is as great or greater than the cost of many other common medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, or back problems.

screens-emindYou probably already track data around your physical health, like steps, heart-rate, sleep, and calories. Why not track your mental state? Tracking your physical health allows you to pinpoint problem areas and rectify them. Tracking your mental health can do the same.

What if, by tracking your baseline mental state every day, by logging into eMindLog™, you could also pinpoint the areas of your life that are the most turbulent? Totmind and brainal mind-body health knowledge can help put your life and your body in balance.  Sleep, can be affected by stress or anxiety, which can in turn affect your energy levels and your ability to get through the day. If you could review all of that information, wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it?

eMindLog™ will enable you to self-measure your daily and weekly levels of stress, anxiety, and depression based on knowledge from the neurosciences and expertise in psychology. eMindScience™ is an ecosystem that connects the minds of users, patients and healthcare providers.

To learn more about the full ecosystem of eMind Science™, check out the rest of our site where you can sign up for updates.

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Mobile Health for Your Mind

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screens-emindeMindScience™ is developing mobile, mental health tracking through a scientifically validated range of self-measurement apps – eMindLog™ – delivered to any mobile device, enabling self-measurement of daily and weekly behavior.

eMindLog™ provides meaningful, individual dashboard reporting based on data populated from frequent, self-measurement over time creating a rich profile of key indicators for stress, anxiety, and related depressive disorders.

With a soft launch Fall 2016 the eMindLog™ will allow users, patients, and their healthcare providers to track Emotions, Thoughts and Behaviors in our first app focused on stress, anxiety and depression, with graphic dashboard reporting right to your mobile device or computer; and if chosen shared with a healthcare provider, thereby extending the reach of care beyond the office visit.

Your healthcare provider can connect to eMindLog Network™ through eMindLog Pro™, a dedicated secure HIPAA compliant portal.

Follow our developments and stay connected, sign up for updates

For more information, contact info@eMindScience.com

eMindLog™ – Measuring Vital Signs of Your Mind™

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Welcome to eMindScience

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We have just launched our website and blog and are excited to share our vision for eMindScience Ecosystem™ dedicated to self-measurement of the mind.

The Intersection of Neuroscience and Mobile Health

A recent study predicts that more than 3.4 billion people will have smartphones or tablets with access to mobile health apps by 2017. Fifty percent of them will have downloaded health apps, with the addressable health app market being $1.5 billion. Bringing the best, validated, neuroscience-based protocols to the market must be done with innovative technology that exploits the immediacy and convenience of mobile platforms. Smartphones and tablets currently out-sell desk and laptop computers with the average user engaging their smartphone 46 times daily. eMindLog™ is is designed for cross-platform use thereby increasing adoption through the consumer’s familiar platform.

Sports and healthcare wearables are part of the ongoing evolution of wearable self-tracking. These applications are moving from being fitness and wellness devices to being able to directly impact medical conditions, improve diagnosis and care, and ultimately save lives. The market for healthcare wearables is very much in its infancy, though there is a considerable amount of activity across the healthcare value chain.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Wearables are being seen as an extension of the digital transformation of healthcare. They help pharmaceutical companies expand clinical trials, enable insurance companies to engage with customers by incentivizing healthier living, help healthcare providers improve the delivery of care, and empower patients by providing them access to their own health data. Through eMindScience integration with wearables and mobile apps, resulting data on individual mind-body performance health opens new market opportunities.  Strategic opportunities will be pursued to partner and integrate within the professional healthcare, mobile applications, and consumer wearables market as well as eMindScience Enterprise™ level solutions for employee assisted programs (EAPs) within companies, organizations, and government agencies worldwide.

Self-measurement of the Mind

Within the wearable and self-tracking biometrics evolution little is being done to address critical individual knowledge and understanding through self-measurement of the mind. The marketplace is awash with free apps that encourage mindfulness, meditation, mood, and broad assessment of general feelings some of which are based on cognitive behavior therapy assessment. Some apps involve voluntary participation in chat rooms and access to an online therapist.

Our goal is to enable self-measurement through eMindLog™ with connectivity in a network, Connecting Minds, and proving measurable value and outcomes in self-measurement based on neuroscience with the option to link with a healthcare provider to extend treatment and care beyond the office visit.

To follow our developments and stay connected, sign up for updates.

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