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Maggie Puniewska

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Chicago, New York
Freelance Writer and Contributor — Freelance
Covers:  psychology, relationships, nutrition, science, health, fitness, diet, beauty, wellness, lifestyle
Write abt health, science, food. Bylines: NYMag, Medium, Vice, The Atlantic & more. Excellent at interpreting studies, terrible at self-promo. #Immigrant.

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Big thanks to great sources @JohnTorousMD, @steveschueller, Lisa Parker from @Sydney_Uni + more who explained all the claims and science, @ChanelOmari for being so open abt her app experience. And editor @acsifferlin who let me write a story that's been in my head 4 a yr!
Some resources: apps from @DeptVetAffairs which my sources said have good research behind them and Intellicare from @NorthwesternU; also check out @PsyberGuide which has expert feedback about apps.
•about a million other scary things, more in the story. There's a huge need for good quality/affordable/accessible mental health care but plz be careful; most apps def overpromise what they can do! The consensus is that rn, apps should be used w/therapy until we know more.
•another study found that apps use harmful language ie, push belief that user is responsible for their treatment's success; puts onus on the individual to get better by USING THE APP. ppl need a lot of support and you shouldn't be told that you need to tackle this alone!
•researchers looked at 200 depression apps, and most lacked evidence to show they worked. this means you could be using something that hasn't been shown to work for your condition, potentially harming your health.
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