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Psychological Phenotypes Correlate with Response to Digital Therapy for Anxiety

Article Excerpt: A patient’s psychological phenotype could be an indication of whether the patient will respond to a digital therapy for anxiety, according to a new report. The study offers insights that could help clinicians offer personalized care to patients with psychological conditions, but it also could explain why some patients respond more strongly than others to the types of therapy often leveraged by prescription digital therapeutics. The findings were published in Scientific Reports. Corresponding author Veronique A. Taylor, Ph.D., M.Sc., of the Brown University School of Public Health, and colleagues, said while personalized medicine has become an important component of other types of healthcare, personalized medicine in mental health has lagged due in part to a lack of research.

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Article Source: Managed Healthcare Executive


Can Mental Health Be Tracked Through Skin? Scientists Develop Algorithm To Monitor Psychological Well-Being

Article Excerpt: The idea that our state of mind and our thought processes are affected by our physical health is essential to many different perspectives on wellness. In this regard, scientists at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering have made progress toward developing a wearable gadget for monitoring psychological well-being. Rose T. Faghih an associate professor in the field of biomedical engineering, has spent the last seven years developing a method of measuring electrodermal activity (EDA) through the skin, which is directly correlated with an individual’s emotional state.

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Article Source: Boldsky


On a Mission for Mental Health

Article Excerpt: (Andrew) Campbell, the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor (at Dartmouth College), thinks about his brother every day in his research on computer science and mental health. Ed suffered his first depressive episode as a freshman at Durham University in the early 1980s. He battled bipolar disorder his entire adult life and died by suicide in 2009, at age 48. “The story about how I got involved in student health all goes back to my brother,” Campbell says. Ed’s family was blindsided by his death. After that, computer science was no longer just an academic interest to his older brother. For Campbell, who earned a PhD at Lancaster University in 1996 and came to Dartmouth in 2006, it became a tool to help those with mental health issues.

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Article Source: Dartmouth News


Using mobile sensing data to assess stress: Associations with perceived and lifetime stress, mental health, sleep, and inflammation

Byrne ML, Lind MN, Horn SR, Mills KL, Nelson BW, Barnes ML, Slavich GM, Allen NB. (2021). Using mobile sensing data to assess stress: Associations with perceived and lifetime stress, mental health, sleep, and inflammation. Digital Health.

Researchers conducted a pilot study to validate a mobile sensing collection tool called Effortless Assessment of Risk States with measures of stress, mental health, sleep duration and inflammation. The study collected affective text language from smartphones among 25 young adult participants at a university. Participants installed a custom keyboard on their phones that collect every third word typed across all apps and the researchers analyzed text sentiment using a software package. The study collected data at two timepoints: once during a relatively less academically demanding period and once during a final exam period when participants are likely to be more stressed. Measures of stress, mental health and sleep are self-reported surveys. Saliva samples were collected to assess inflammation by analyzing the level of sCRP protein. Results indicate that the total number of positive words, total of negative words, and total of emotion expression words were strongly associated with lifetime stress exposure. Total negative words were found to be associated with decreased hours of sleep. Affective language was also shown to be associated with higher levels of stress and lower sCRP protein levels. Findings support the potential of using a mobile sensing tool to identify high stress and stress-related problems. For future directions, it could be helpful to develop a tool that can collect and analyze phrases of text (rather than words) and use alternate mobile sensing tools outside of keyboard usage.


Expanding Access to Mental Healthcare with Artificial Intelligence

Article Excerpt: Researchers at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) are testing a virtual agent powered by artificial intelligence to broaden access to mental healthcare…To broaden mental healthcare access for people with moderate depression or anxiety, UIC researchers are testing an artificial intelligence-powered virtual agent called Lumen. The team will train the tool to provide patients with problem-solving therapy, a structured approach designed to help people focus on learning cognitive and behavioral skills.

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Article Source: Health IT Analytics


Research Uses Smartphones to Predict Brain Function, Mood

Article Excerpt: Can smartphones identify an individual’s mood by predicting connectivity between regions of the brain? According to a new Dartmouth study, they can. The study found that information from smartphones about social activity, screen time, and location identifies activity between regions of the brain that are responsible for traits such as anxiety.

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Article Source: Dartmouth News


Smartphone Data Can Predict Depression and Anxiety

Article Excerpt: Researchers from Dartmouth College have found that passively-collected data from smartphones is able to predict a person’s brain activity linked to emotional processing…”Hopefully, this study shows how mobile sensing can provide deep longitudinal human behavioral data to complement brain scans,” said Andrew Campbell, senior researcher on the study. “This could offer new insights into the emotional well-being of subjects that would just not be possible without continuous sensing.”

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Article Source: LabRoots. Also posted in Technology Networks and Medical Xpress.


Significance Of AI-Based Mental Healthcare Systems Amid Social Distancing Measures

Article Excerpt: Advancements in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have demonstrated emerging capabilities and opportunities in healthcare amid the Covid-19 pandemic. While its detection, possible treatment and prevention is widely spoken about, a topic that is seldom discussed is its mental health ramifications.

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Article Source: Analytics India Magazine


Feeling Down? Snapchat Now Has a Mental Health Tool for That

Article Excerpt: The conventional wisdom around mental health goes something like this: If you’re feeling upset, triggered, anxious, or depressed, put down your phone, lest the steady stream of group pics, beach vacations, and “authentic” selfies makes you feel even worse. But Snapchat’s latest initiative offers a different solution. Now, if you type a word that’s related to mental health, such as “anxiety” or “bullying,” into the app’s search bar, original content from what the company calls “local experts” will appear.

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Article Excerpt: Slate