Researchers from the University Dalhousi in Canada has created a mobile application to determine mental disorders. The program PROSIT literally follows the user.
In this case, therapists can evaluate, how is the patient out of the institution of the clinic, and to adjust the treatment in accordance with these data. Reported by the CBC.
“We can really find out, anxious or depressed they feel. So do not know the content, you can just listen and receive information about their condition on the basis of how they speak, “said Sandra Maier, a psychologist at the University of Dalhousie.
In her words, testing of an application began in February. PROSIT uses about 300 people, half of whom are patients with problems of mental health.
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To assess the mental state of the user, the app tracks information from 15 different categories, using the sensors of the phone. Among the categories are, in particular, data on the amount of sleep, frequency of sports activities, call history, screen time and musical preferences.
In addition to this information, PROSIT is imposed on the data the user selects their state. Weekly program asks me to record a 90-second audio, which is necessary to tell about the most interesting event that happened during the week. Also, the application sometimes gives the user the ability to evaluate their emotions, e.g., anxiety or happiness.
Mayer added that PROSIT is far from the predictions of mental disorders, but it is a useful tool for psychologists and rather complements and does not replace treatment for their patients. With the spread of the pandemic, it allowed to monitor the condition of patients under stressful conditions of social exclusion.