Artificial Intelligence can detect your Mental Health Issue now. Combating Depression with Technology

By POOJA BISHT |Email | May 6, 2019 | 6186 Views

If we would look at the major health issue of the world today, it comes out to be Mental Illness undoubtedly. Mental illness is one of the prominent health problems the world is facing today and is also the most ignored. As per the estimation of the World Health Organization (WHO), unipolar depressive disorders will be "the leading cause of the global the burden of disease" by 2030. The increased usage of social media today has risen to the major health sickness that we have never seen before.  The problem lies with youngsters more when the majority of our teenagers and the younger generation are going into a depression today. The major problem lies in the detection of mental illness. Detection of Mental illness at earlier stages had always been a problem of the doctors and researchers when patients that come for diagnosis already have reached up to severe stages of depression. 

But, thanks to the recent advancements and innovation in Artificial Intelligence when the detection of the disease can be predicted at earlier stages.

The researchers from the World Well Being Project (WWBP) uses AI algorithms to analyze social media posts to detect depression. The AI algorithm picks out linguistic cues from the posts made by the users to detect depression.  The findings of the team were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The words such as 'I' or 'me' were found more in the statuses of the depressed people than those with not. It became evident after the report that if used Artificial Intelligence could serve as a boon to the mental health patients.

Social media are the best ways to approach a mental health patient today. The depressed people are often the ones who do not share their feelings and emotions with their peers or family members but do share some part of themselves in their social media posts. So targeting and detecting diseases from social media posts is the best way to tackle future challenges. And With the help of Artificial Intelligence, it has been made possible.

You can read the full report of AI predicting depression from here.

Artificial Intelligence can serve as a powerful technology in combating depression. Here are some good reasons for it:

  • Complexity can be reduced by predicting depression at earlier stages and AI has done it using the algorithms as mentioned in the above report.

  • With the help of AI, proper and dedicated diagnosis can also be provided to patients needed help. The availability of doctors and psychiatrists are less in our society. So with the help of AI systems could be developed that can assist the mental health patients in their diagnosis and treatment.

  • Such powerful and self assisting systems could be made with the help of AI that can make the person less lonely- Majority of the depressed patients find themselves lonelier. They need a company to talk and share to.

  • Such Bots could be made with the help of AI that can provide counseling to the diseased patients and whom the depressed patients can share to their problems- It feels embarrassing and shameful to talk the deep self problems that one experience to the doctors.

Source: HOB