|Self-Guided Management of Depression and Conflict|
Depression is the number one cause of disability days in the United States. Interpersonal conflict is a major cause of staff turnover, and chronic stress can lead to decrements in performance, as well as illness. A system under development to help astronauts recognize and effectively manage psychological and social problems during long missions could be a valuable tool for mental health treatment on Earth. Dr. James Cartreine, Dr. Raphael Rose, Dr. Jay Buckey Jr., and colleagues are developing an interactive multimedia program called the Virtual Space Station, which contains modules to help with management of depression, interpersonal conflict, and stress using cognitive behavioral therapy. The system provides a model that could potentially help many Americans, especially in rural areas where clinical help is often in short supply or nonexistent. Other possible locations for use include schools, clinics, social service offices, places of worship, military bases, prisons, commercial ships, oil rigs and remote research stations, and at home, via broadband Internet.
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NSBRI Investigator: James A. Cartreine, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Project Summary
NSBRI Investigator: Raphael D. Rose, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Project Summary