Seeking an affordable therapist can be a huge challenge for many people who suffer from anxiety and depression. However, a growing group of apps, including Talkspace and The Difference, are looking to resolve this issue by using technology to improve access.

Beginning this summer, you’ll be able to now talk to a therapist through Amazon Alexa. “Digital mental health” consists of using smartphones, the web, and soon even Amazon Alexa for consults. Though there is one question that still lingers – is the virtual approach right for every patient?

According to mental health professionals, these apps are helpful for managing “surface-level problems,” though the scientific research behind the subject is inconclusive on whether they can replace in-person visits.

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