Psychiatry 2.0

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See also Blogs | Consumer mental health information | Health 2.0 | Medicine 2.0 | Nursing 2.0 | Pathology 2.0 | Social networking | Web 2.0

Psychiatry 2.0 is a term used infrequently by those hoping to apply social media and social networking to the field of psychiatry. One of the major proponents of social media in psychiatry is Dr. John Luo, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry. Luo supervises residents and medical students in emergency psychiatry, and provides psychotherapy and medication management for patients with depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Luo's LinkedIn profile states that he is a Physician Informaticist in the UCLA Health System.

Luo serves as the medical director of a UCLA research program for patients with schizophrenia, and writes a regular technology column called 'Tech Advsor' (see references) in Primary Psychiatry ( and one called 'Connections' in Psychiatric News. Luo is past president and Gores Informatics Advocate of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry ( He presents every year at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting and other meetings to teach technology. His goals are to help colleagues use technology.

Common themes in psychiatry 2.0

  • confidentiality, cybertherapy, Facebook addiction, identity formation, privacy, professional ethics (boundary/transference issues), social networking, virtual psychiatry, web 2.0

Towards a definition of psychiatry 2.0

See Dr. Justin Marley's blogpost: Towards a definition of psychiatry 2.0. new2.gif

Facebook addiction scale

Facebook started out as a social networking site based primarily on university campuses to network students. It reached the peak of its fame in 2012 when its membership approach one billion people. With its easy to navigate applications for sharing, Facebook’s popularity is based on building an online sense of connection to one’s friends and family. However, Andreassen et al have identified a new Internet disorder called Facebook addiction and written a scale to measure it called the Facebook Addiction Scale.

According to Ginory (2012), even though Facebook can be used to foster friendships, it can create difficulties in the doctor-patient relationship, especially when boundaries are not respected.

Social media in psychiatry - examples



Media sharing

Social networking generally

Social networks for patients


Virtual worlds


Ethics & the law

The Internet has grown into a world of connections that could aid physicians in their duties but what are the benefits and disadvantages of such connectivity? Privacy laws and the protection of patient confidentiality must be closely considered. It may be important to examine the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Legal regulations that may inform care and standards and the difficulties that arise in assessment and monitoring of the current situation are critical in psychiatry 2.0. For forensic psychiatrists asked to provide expert opinion regarding malpractice and where confidentiality standards are at issue, it is important to become acquainted with the new digital language from which these questions may arise.


See Psychiatry 2.0 bibliography

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