In Mental Health Therapy, Cautious Steps Toward the Pharmacodigital

The phrase “better living through chemistry,” derived from an old DuPont corporate slogan, has accumulated all kinds of ironic and wink-wink connotations over the decades. But there’s a fascinating revival and upgrade underway.

For people with debilitating mental health problems, many researchers, doctors, and businesspeople think the new phrase should be “better living through chemistry and digital technology.” OK, it’s clunky, but it helps describe a range of new digital therapies—delivered via mobile apps, desktop or TV-based games, and even immersive virtual reality—under development for mental health and addiction disorders that thousands of patients have already used…