Telehealth therapy is a term used to describe therapies that treat mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder, that can be used for those who have Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments.
The therapies that people can receive include medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other types of therapies.
However, there are no proven treatments for cognitive disorders that affect mental functioning.
“We don’t know what the actual mechanisms are for cognitive decline, but if it is linked to mental health conditions, then we should be investigating it,” said Dr. Christopher A. Miller, a professor of medicine at the University of Michigan and an author of the report.
Miller also said the research is based on a hypothesis and it’s not definitive.
Telehealth technology The new research comes as the federal government has stepped up efforts to address mental health concerns. “
I’m not convinced this is a definitive theory of cognitive decline,” Miller said.
Telehealth technology The new research comes as the federal government has stepped up efforts to address mental health concerns.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced they were developing telehealth services.
The VA said it plans to begin training Veterans with dementia in the first quarter of 2020.
The U.K. also has launched a telehealth initiative to help veterans with dementia access mental health services.
But these programs are not as effective as the telehealth approaches being implemented by the VA and other organizations.
“Telehealth is very much in the early stages of development and it is still being researched and developed,” said Scott Hines, director of mental health for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“If you can find a way to address these symptoms and symptoms of dementia, you can get treatment faster and better,” he said.
Hines also said some people in the VA’s mental health program are getting older and that their problems can worsen over time.
“They are at the stage where they are not able to do a lot of things, and they’re just not getting the help they need,” Hines said.
But Miller said there’s evidence that there’s a connection between dementia and mental health problems.
“There are other things that we don’t have as good evidence about that are related to mental disorders.
We have a lot to learn about that,” Miller explained.
A few of the treatments available for those with dementia include medications, cognitive therapy, exercise therapy, meditation, and yoga.
Miller said the researchers used data from a large database of people with dementia, which includes people with schizophrenia and dementia, to figure out how effective telehealth could be.
“It was a big data set, and it was the most comprehensive and most comprehensive study that I know of for any mental health treatment,” Miller noted.
Miller says that in the future, he wants to develop telehealth programs specifically tailored for people with cognitive disabilities.
“The question of whether this is effective in dementia is not answered right now,” Miller added.
For example, he said the only treatment that’s been proven to help people with Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease, which affect motor function, is medication.
“But if you’re an adult who is having an acute seizure and you have a severe seizure disorder, you might be at higher risk of getting dementia,” Miller continued.
For people with depression, it could also be helpful.
“For people who are depressed, there’s nothing else that they can do, other than get medication,” Miller stated.
For those with post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it can also help those who are struggling with PTSD.
“You can have depression for a long time, and then suddenly you’re not feeling that same kind of strength and confidence,” Miller concluded.
For now, there is no specific treatment for those people, but it’s likely that some of them could benefit from some type of mental wellness program.
“A lot of people who have a chronic condition are getting out of bed in the morning,” Miller told ABC News.
“And then they feel that, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on in my life?
What am I doing wrong?
How am I managing my stress?
What is this going to do to me?'”
Miller also believes that there is some benefit to telehealth treatments for people who don’t meet the medical criteria for mental health.
“That’s the key thing.
This isn’t a panacea for everything,” Miller cautioned.
“Some people have very serious problems, and we don and can treat that, but there’s still a lot we can do to improve.”
The research is ongoing, and more research is needed.
For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association, visit their website.
ABC News’ Scott Schlesinger contributed to this report.