New Technology from Google Aimed to Help Mental Health

When you have the flu, or brake an arm, its obvious something is wrong. People will tell you to go the doctor or get help. Your state of physical health is easily picked up and taken seriously by others, but that is not always the case for your mental health. Everyone has bad days, feels anxious sometimes, or acts a little crazy. But for others these these feelings never fade. In our culture today mental illness are not always viewed in a serious manner. People and especially students are expected to work as hard as possible and neglect their mental health and from that serious mental illness such as depression or anxiety can develop. Recently the director of the National Institute of Mental Health Dr. Thomas Insel left the agency to work for Google/Alphabet on a project to create a method of detecting mental/ psychiatric illness early on by using computer algorithms. This would be done through screenings to determine a diagnosis. But, some social scientists believe that diagnosing a patient too early sometimes offers negative results and labeling people with a mental illness too early will decrease the opportunity for recovery. But, many anthropologists believed early detection coupled with peer-run social groups will be beneficial. This would be a more social than medial approach that has been observed by anthropologists and has been put into use in New York City and also Finland. The screenings would use the algorithms developed by google which are meant to detect early signs of mental illness through interpreting language that appears disorganized. Then group and social based recovery options would be offered. A method like this would benefit many people and the overall imagine of mental health in society.

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Does Early Intervention Promote Recovery?

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