Jun 24, 2021
Still in vacation mode but have plenty to talk about. Part of
today's episode deals with digital and health literacy. Well,
truthfully I try to sneak it in whenever I can.
Digital Literacy is "is the ability to use information and
communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and
communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical
Health Literacy is "the degree to which individuals have the
capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health
information and services needed to make appropriate health
Part of today's episode deals with both digital and health
literacy. There are dozens of apps for anxiety and depression
users. There are some crappy ones, that steal content from other
creators and providers.
The meditation apps that charge you a subscription to access
content from another website. That is free to download and listen
too. Those burn me up.
Or apps that connect to another content creator's website. It
does provide information. It also is harvesting information from
your phone and contacts.
Or the ones that honestly provide content - bare minimum but
they did create it. And you do get to access it for free. But you
are bombarded with ads that may or may not be appropriate for you
I personally can go a lifetime without seeing or hearing about
men's lower level grooming products.
So in the episode, I go a little long winded about what is and
isn't a medical app. Because when I hear about an Erectile
Dysfunction provider trying to provide medication for anxiety it
gets me a little more anxious.
Fellas, I understand that the malfunctioning plumbing issues
can cause anxiety. 100% . Not even up for debate.
But an on-line service for a physical condition, that also
handles hair loss and now wants to provide psychiatric care and
pill dispensing is a problem.
And a red flag. And from a health literacy stand
point, multiple questions should be asked:
- Why is an ED vendor also treating hair loss?
- Does hair loss lead to ED?
- Don't dermatologists handle hair loss? (Why yes, they do and
the AAD can help you find accurate
- Where is that medication coming from?
- Is is legal where I live to buy or obtain medication on-line
(in the U.S., Nope.)
Don't be uninformed or flat out stupid. Do your research and
If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or
text “START” to 741-741.
In the News:
There is a video documentary on Vimeo about ED called Let's
Talk About It.
Seventeen minutes could help you can save
yourself some aggravation and keep some of your hard earned
App that Attack:
One Mind PsyberGuide
- Resource to help you
determine if a mental health app is worth your time and
Pasty Cline with The Jordanaires version of Crazy
Gnarls Barkley from the album St. Elsewhere version of
Postmodern Jukebox version of Crazy
VeryWell Mind page on Dementophobia
or the fear of
going mad or crazy.
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do not constitute endorsements.
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questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health
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