Publishing Policies

Section Policies

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Editorial

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Substance Abuse

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Depression and Mood Disorders; Suicide Prevention

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Bipolar Disorders

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Smoking Cessation

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Behavior Change

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Viewpoints and Opinions on Mental Health

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Theory and Frameworks in Mental Health

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Methods and New Tools in Mental Health Research

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Dementia and Cognitive Decline

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Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholism Prevention and Recovery

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Psychotic Disorders

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Mobile Health in Psychiatry

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Reviews in Digital Mental Health

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Innovations in Mental Health Systems

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Users' and Patients' Needs for Mental Health Services

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Technology in Psychiatry/Clinical Psychology Training and Education

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

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Problematic Internet Use, Online Gambling and Game Addiction

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Couple's Therapy and Relationship Counseling

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Gender Dysphoria and Transgender Issue

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Eating Disorders

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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

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The following are some common forms of anxiety with their associated ICD-9-CM code:• Generalized anxiety disorder (300.02) — involves six months of persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry.• Panic disorder (300.01) — may have a sudden onset causing apprehension, fear, or terror. Physical symptoms may include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or chest pain, causing a person to think he or she is having a heart attack. If the panic attack is associated with agoraphobia (fear of places or situations where someone feels trapped or helpless), assign code 300.21.• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (300.3) — involves persistent, recurring thoughts/impulses (obsessions) and ritualistic actions (compulsions). This is different than obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (301.4).• Posttraumatic stress disorder (309.81) — occurs after a severe emotional or physical trauma and involves the feeling that the person is reexperiencing this traumatic event.• Acute stress disorder (308.3) — includes similar symptoms to posttraumatic stress disorder but occurs immediately after a traumatic event.• Social phobia (300.23) — a person may experience anxiety when exposed to certain social events and desires to avoid the situation.• Other phobia (300.2x) — anxiety when exposed to a specific object or situation and the desire to avoid it.• Alcohol-induced anxiety (291.89)• Drug-induced anxiety (292.89)• Separation anxiety (309.21) — occurs when a child is separated from his or her parents.



Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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A disorder characterized by the presence of persistent and recurrent irrational thoughts (obsessions), resulting in marked anxiety and repetitive excessive behaviors (compulsions) as a way to try to decrease that anxiety. (ICD-10 F42)



Diagnostic Tools in Mental Health

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Insomnia and Sleep Hygiene

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Obtaining healthy sleep is important for both physical and mental health. It can also improve productivity and overall quality of life. Everyone, from children to older adults, can benefit from practicing good sleep habits.

Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.

Stress and anxiety may cause sleeping problems or make existing problems worse. 



Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

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Panic Disorder

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Phobias (e.g. Agoraphobia) other than SAD

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Virtual Reality Interventions in Mental Health

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Consumer Education and Learning for Mental Health

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Mental Health Games

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Intentional Self-Harm

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ICD10 X60-X84



Workaholism (Work Addiction)

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Personal Perspective

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Personal perspectives are published free of charge if they are written by a patient (Patient Perspective), or heavily discounted if they are a non-patient personal perspective (APF $350 / 600 words). See Call for Papers at http://mental.jmir.org/announcement/view/127 - Personal perspectives: These outline the opinions and views of leaders in the field (including industry and patients) and offer a forum to share evolving ideas. We welcome in particular the discussion of or personal experiences with new tools, methods, apps, devices, or personal experiences about the role of technology in mental health. We will aim to publish one personal perspective per month and thus expect we will not be able to publish all potential submissions.

Patient Perspectives: In keeping with JMIR’s innovative publishing model and vision, we particularly encourage patients to submit their perspectives on mental health and technology. Patient perspective pieces are sometimes written together with editorial board members or other academics, who may be credited as co-authors.



Transdiagnostic Mental Health Interventions

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Transdiagnostic interventions apply the same underlying treatment principles across mental disorders, without tailoring the protocol to specific diagnoses.



Sleep Monitoring, Sleep Quality, Sleep Disorders

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Mindfulness and Meditation

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Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training (Wikipedia). It can be useful for stress reduction, anixiety, depression, relationship problems, addictions or chronic conditions.



Guest Editorial

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Guest editorials will be invited by the editor and feature the perspectives of important researchers, clinicians, policy leaders, and patients.



Interventions and Support for Informal Caregivers of People with Mental Illness

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Homelessness

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Public Information and Campaigns on Mental Health

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Borderline Personality Disorder

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"Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. These symptoms often result in impulsive actions and problems in relationships. People with borderline personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that can last from a few hours to days." (NIMH)



Sexual Addiction (including Cybersex Addiction)

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Sexual addiction, also known as sex addiction, is a state characterized by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, particularly sexual intercourse, despite negative consequences. There is considerable debate among the medical community on the validity of this diagnosis, and currently sexual addiction (or cybersex addiction) is not a clinical diagnosis in either the DSM or ICD medical classifications of diseases and medical disorders.

Related: Problematic Internet Use, Online Gambling and Game Addiction



Intellectual Disabilities

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An intellectual disability is a generalized neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significantly impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning. It is defined by an IQ under 70 in addition to deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors that affect everyday, general living.



Discretionary Corrigenda and Addenda ($190)

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For corrigenda that are discretionary and a result of author-oversight (e.g. corrections in the affiliation etc) we charge a $190 processing fee to make changes in the original paper and publish an erratum.To request a correction, please submit a correction statement (text similar to http://www.jmir.org/2015/3/e76/) as new submission from your author homepage.



Special Issue 2019: Computing and Mental Health (Guest Editors: Torous, Calvo, Wadley, Wolters)

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Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS)

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Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS or MUS) are symptoms for which a treating physician or other healthcare providers have found no medical cause, or whose cause remains contested.

Not all medically unexplained symptoms are influenced by identifiable psychological factors. However, in practice, most physicians and authors who use the term consider that the symptoms most likely arise from psychological causes. 



Happiness

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Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing and well-being. (Wikipedia).

For happiness-promoting interventions also see Depression and Mood Disorders; Suicide Prevention.



Mental Health Surveillance and Epidemiology

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Risky Sexual Behavior

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Loneliness and Social Isolation

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Telepsychiatry

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Forensic Psychiatry

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Physician and Healthcare Worker Burnout

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Corrigenda and Addenda

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Letters to the editor (and replies from authors)

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A letter to the editor must cite and critique or substantially comment on a recent paper published in JMIR Mental Health. The letter will be forwarded to the authors of the cited or critiqued article or other reviewers, and original authors will get a chance to respond. While some new data in a letter are a allowed, a letter is NOT a short research report. See also How do I submit a letter to the editor?



Knowledge and Attitudes of Mental Health Professionals towards Digital Interventions

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JMH Theme Issue 2020/2021: COVID-19 and Mental Health: Impact and Interventions

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Special Theme Issue

Call for papers: https://mental.jmir.org/announcement/view/214



Sexual Dysfunction

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Sexual dysfunction includes Hypoactive Sexual Desire Dysfunction (HSDD; formerly hypoactive sexual desire disorder), is a common sexual dysfunction particularly among women.

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E-Collection: Online Dating, Sexual Health Behavior [Section Id: 772]E-Collection: Sexual Addiction (including Cybersex Addiction) [Section Id: 790]



Industry Perspective

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Perspectives and research from (mainly digital) mental health industry leaders



Affective Computing

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Affective computing is a subfield of the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) that studies and develops systems and devices that can recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human affects/emotions.



Clinical Mental Health Informatics

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