Therapy app Talkspace mined user data for marketing insights, former employees allege

A report from the New York Times raises questions over how the teletherapy startup Talkspace handles user data.

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  • In the report, several former employees said that "individual users' anonymized conversations were routinely reviewed and mined for insights."
  • Talkspace denied using user data for marketing purposes, though it acknowledged that it looks at client transcripts to improve its services.
  • It's still unclear whether teletherapy is as effective as traditional therapy.
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Free self-hypnosis therapy in your home? Just ask Alexa

Reveri Health has launched a new stress-relief self-hypnosis program through Amazon Alexa to help combat the anxiety of COVID-19.

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  • Hypnosis refers to a trance state that is characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation, and heightened imagination.
  • Hypnotherapy can be used to help you quit smoking, to manage chronic and acute pain, during labor and childbirth, as well as to ease stress and anxiety.
  • Reveri Health, headed by Ariel Poler and Dr. David Spiegel, has launched several self-hypnosis skill programs through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, one of which is designed to combat the anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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Can Giving Ayahuasca to Prisoners Reduce Recidivism?

The Brazilian government has been trying to answer this very question in its ever-growing prison population, which has doubled since the year 2000. 

The Brazilian prison population has doubled since 2000. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Your mind is stronger than the anxiety it creates. Learn to shift your mindset.

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses a three-step process to shift your mindset when anxiety creeps in.

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Fear and anxiety disorders affect 20 percent of the American population, making these disorders the most prevalent psychiatric problem in the nation. While many understand anxiety as an overstimulated response system reacting to an uncertain environment, NYU Professor Joseph Ledoux believes this evolutionary argument is misguided.

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