Can A.I. Really Treat Mental Health?


I am curious to know what you all think.

Depression And Anxiety

The two mental illnesses that are most prevalent worldwide are anxiety and depression. Since there aren’t enough psychiatrists to go around, a wearable gadget that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) has been developed to offer mental health services. Finding a qualified carer quickly and ensuring that patients receiving professional care receive consistent diagnostic procedures and high-quality treatment are the two issues with seeking help for mental health. Lack of money or health insurance are only two of the many barriers that might keep someone from receiving care.

Common Anxiety Symptoms

  • Specific phobias, such as those of spiders or other insects, are rather frequent.
  • Other widespread phobias include those related to flying, heights, needles, storms, and lifts.
  • Social anxiety, which includes a dread of being in social situations or among other people.
  • Generalised anxiety, which occurs when there is widespread worry about a variety of issues.
  • An excessive fear of losing attachments to people or things.
  • The severe dread or discomfort associated with panic disorder comes on suddenly.

Types of Depression

A chronic depressive condition is characterised by a gloomy mood that lasts for at least two years, practically every day. A major depressive illness is characterised by depressive feelings that can continue for two weeks, occur as a single or repeated episode. A person with an anxiety problem is likely to also experience depression, and vice versa.

Device Specifications

Although smart glasses and smart bracelets can also be employed, wearable AI smartwatches will resemble Apple or Fitbit watches in appearance. These tools may identify depression only by hearing a few lines said. The manner in which the words are uttered matters more than the actual words said. These indicators are continuously recorded by the devices, including blood pressure, temperature, blood oxygen level, and respiratory rate, skin conductivity, heart and brain electrical activity, and physical movement.

Using these gadgets, depression and anxiety symptoms may be evaluated in real-time based on these factors. The rapid advancement of this technology combined with the dearth of qualified carers has created a demand for automated, effective, and real-time methods to analyse massive amounts of the data gathered by persons using these devices. These AI gadgets monitor and analyse a patient’s health data, and these fundamental advancements ought to lead to quicker identification and treatment of melancholy and anxiety. AI may help in the creation of preventative strategies for vulnerable groups of individuals. Patients can obtain mental health treatments in the privacy of their own homes, without the risk of anybody finding out they are receiving care.

How AI Could Aid in the Treatment of Depression

  1. Stanford Study – Researchers at Stanford University examined the effects of AI treatment on the symptoms of sadness and anxiety in the Youper telehealth platform for mental health. According to their news release, “This treatment model uses AI to deliver just-in-time interventions to help users practise emotion regulation skills anytime and anywhere using their smartphones.” The strategy taken by Youper, which promotes patient participation and strengthens mental health carers, integrated AI with telehealth capabilities. Younper makes mental health treatment far more accessible by providing online medical consultations and drug delivery. Additionally, it “offers patients a free AI mental health assessment to help them understand their symptoms; therapy exercises to help people manage their feelings, thoughts, and behaviour; care counsellors to support patients in their mental health journey; and symptom monitoring with regular check-ups.”
  2. Treatment for OCD with Genetic Medication: Studies have shown that OCD medications that target particular genes are effective in treating the condition and offer more individualised care. OCD affects 1% to 2% of the population, however it frequently runs in families. Still undiscovered are several OCd genes.

Although the stigma around mental illness and its treatments has somewhat decreased, it is still pervasive in society. For a patient with anxiety or depression who may benefit from an AI wearable device, AI and telehealth give anonymity. There are not enough qualified professionals to meet the rising demand for mental health treatments. 4,700 patients were monitored in the Stanford study, and additional AI research is being conducted globally.


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6 Comments Add yours

  1. sicetnon3 says:

    Current responses from AI seem to sum it up: “As an AI language model, I do not have emotions, so I cannot get depressed or anxious. However, depression and anxiety are common mental health conditions that can affect people of all ages, races, and economic situations”. It’s like the pope was told concerning birth control: “you no playa da game, you no make-a da rules.”

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  2. Nicole Smith says:

    That sounds incredible.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Yes with some caution though. But good area to explore for sure

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  3. I am sceptical of the benefits of depression and anxiety detection technology for anyone who has a reasonable level of emotional intelligence, including the ability to articulate how they feel. This technology might be helpful for some people though.

    Maybe the reason why someone has OCD rather than GAD has more to do with their environment than genetics.

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    1. GS says:

      Maybe. We should keep exploring the possible therapeutic benefits of mental health through technology.


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