Depression And Anxiety Treated Through Smartphone Counseling On MSU Campus
Michigan State University (MSU) has been developing a new mobile technology called iSee to help address the problem of mental health services at the University Counseling Center (UCC). The students and clinicians can now count on their own smartphones and wristbands to help battle depression, anxiety and other problems they might be experiencing.
The Reason Behind iSee
According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), depression has become a serious mental issue among college students in the United States. Many are dealing with it more now than before. The UCC is specifically assigned to provide the students of mental health services. However, they face dilemmas that need to be solved.
The service that UCC offers is only accessible during working hours. Students suffer depression and anxiety beyond that allotted time. As such, they do not receive the needed treatment because of this constraint. By the time UCC becomes available to them, it may be too late.
Furthermore, the budget for some UCCs has been cut. As a result, there is a limited number of clinicians in UCCs to help students.
The current predicament of UCCs also lies in the students, who could easily give prejudiced and incorrect symptoms. Thus, the assessment of clinicians at times can be flawed. A wrong diagnosis is crucial. The NSF did not want to risk it anymore.
The iSee In Student's Smartphone
The iSee will monitor the behavior of the students and analyze the data for the clinicians. The technology will have sensors inside a smartphone or wristband. This is used to track the daily behavior of the user. A behavior analytics engine is needed to translate this data into meaningful analysis results. Machine learning and algorithms will run on the cloud used in the said engine.
This process will determine how depressed the student is. It will also identify the causes of the patient's current state.
A dashboard will display all this information. With it, clinicians could make a more factual and accurate assessment. Thus, they will be able to give the proper treatment to the students. Not to mention that iSee is convenient to use. It is both portable and more accessible.
How Is iSee Beneficial To Students And Clinicians?
According to Meritalk, iSee can assist the students to manage his or her symptoms. Meanwhile, clinicians will know the well-being of the students. They would discover who will need the most support.
MSU Counseling Center Director Scott Becker said that the iSee project is extremely innovative. It will significantly enhance the mental health treatments of students. Mi Zhang, the team leader of the project, added that the clinicians will be more accurately informed with iSee.
This new technology can be used in public hospitals and private clinics eventually with further progress. iSee can also be adapted to deal with other mental health conditions. Among these are anxiety, bipolar disorder, dementia and schizophrenia.
Caffeine May Help Lower Risk For Dementia
Coffee lovers rejoice as science has proven an important function of caffeine to the brain. Researchers say that it may help in effectively lowering the chances of developing dementia.
Sleeping Too Much Can Be Damaging For Mental Health, New Study Suggests
Considering that the average person needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep, how can a longer duration of sleep affect ones mental health? What are the adverse effects of excessive sleeping that scientists consider as mentally damaging? Is it that serious for it to be associated with mental health? Find out what experts have to say
Can You Get Schizophrenia From Cats? Scientists Reveal Answer
Past studies have suggested that cats can cause schizophrenia. However, a recent study says that the reason you're gong crazy might not be because you own a cat.
Excessive Sleep Is a Sign of Dementia; Here Are Other Symptoms
Excessive sleep is a symptom of dementia, but not the cause of dementia, researchers have found. The new study also found that people who sleep for over 9 hours every day increase their risks of developing dementia two fold within 10 years. And then, MRI scans of the brain reveal that people who sleep in excess of 9 hours daily have smaller brain volumes compared with those who sleep less.
Is Canada's Mental Health Care On The Rocks?
Considering the importance of a person’s state of mental condition, why did a renowned journalist slammed Canada's lack of mental health care? Are there underlying issues behind this instance? Is Canada’s mental health care on the rocks? Find out what authorities have to say
Face Transplant Patient Ecstatic With New Look
After shooting himself in the face because of deep depression, Andy Sandness gets a second chance in life after he becomes a face transplant patient sponsored by Mayo Clinic. He is ecstatic with his new look, and now feels more confident and able to get on with life.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Mobile Phone App Designed to Boost Physical Activity in Women Shows Promise in Trial
Activity trackers and mobile phone apps are all the rage, but do they really help users increase and maintain physical activity? A new study has found that one mobile phone app designed for inactive women did help when combined with an activity tracker and personal counseling.
AI and High-Performance Computing Extend Evolution to Superconductors
Materials by design: Argonne researchers use genetic algorithms for better superconductors.
Owners of thoroughbred stallions carefully breed prizewinning horses over generations to eke out fractions of a second in million-dollar races. Materials scientists have taken a page from that playbook, turning to the power of evolution and artificial selection to develop superconductors that can transmit electric current as efficiently as possible.