Artificial Intelligence (AI) doesn’t require an introduction as many studies and articles have been published online regarding the topic. Technology is entering the healthcare industry to treat patients with mental and behavioral disorders.
As per the study conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is one of the most popular diagnosed mental health conditions in the US. It is not a disease, but a health issue. It is commonly hitting harder people but several people are still unable to access proper treatment for it. A report was published in 2016 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) on drug usage and health.
In the report, the experts found that only 63% of adults suffering from depression are receiving any kind of treatment. The number is just high in the case of teens- only 40% of teens diagnosed with depression received proper treatment.
How AI Solutions can help Doctors to Treat People with Mental Health Issues?
Responsiveness and accessibility
One can expect unprecedented accessibility through apps by artificial Intelligence Solutions Company by being there 24X7 at minimum to zero cost. The software is designed to collect data. The data later allows applications to develop a therapeutic understanding level with users and provide them with relevant responses.
The engagement between the user and app continues to develop as the software collects more user data and extra details. The process makes the app better at detecting and meeting individual behavioral and emotional health goals and requirements.
Privacy and Secrecy
Those who prefer to remain private and enjoy being anonymous can use AI technology. Yes, it is true that users can anonymously utilize programs based on AI and this can be an interesting asset.
Access and Stigma
Artificial Intelligence based solutions also help the medical teams in addressing other barriers to mental health treatment; such as stigma related to seeking help, lack of health providers in rural areas, and feelings of guilt, fear, or shame that may prevent a depressed person from reaching out for help.
AI can serve a lot more in depression management; from enhanced access to coordinated care but with certain limitations.
AI can be a proven virtual therapist that can interact with patients in real-time. The combination of AI and VR helps identify patients with mental health issues. It delivers them a customized treatment plan on the basis of their medical history and behavioral pattern.
For instance, a study was conducted in which a team of experts was treating veterans suffering from PTSD. They used virtual assistants to analyze facial expressions, eye gaze direction, head gestures, and voice tone to detect behavioral indicators related to depression. But here is one disadvantage. The conditions like PTSD require personal assistance and direct human intervention rather than just AI and VR technology. The technology can ensure a certain level of anonymity, yet it won’t become an alternative to human intervention in such conditions.