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Dubai to unveil new mental health app that uses artificial intelligence

The app aims to help people with depression or those who want a preliminary screening, and helps relieve their symptoms, with an emphasis on anonymity and minimal user intervention.

The app seeks to perform continuous non-intrusive analysis by collecting and consolidating data readily available on the user’s smartphone, such as general phone usage, specific app usage (in terms of frequency, duration and active hours of the day), typing speed, emoji usage and spell checkers. Text, calls, social media presence information is not monitored so as not to invade their privacy.

Then the only inputs required by the user are the daily recording of his thoughts and feelings in the diary available on the app (cognitive-behavioral therapy) through voice notes and he must indicate his general mood to using a color wheel (Ekman’s Atlas of Emotion) or with a series of Socratic questions (method recommended by the TCC).

Machine learning algorithms are then used to detect tone and associate mood with journal entries, as well as reveal repetitive thought patterns. This information, combined with background analysis, can be used to find an individual’s biorhythms, identify periods of declining mental health, recognize periods of generally more productive behavior, and provide personalized recommendations based on seriousness of their condition.

Dr. Ayesha Al Basti, a family medicine consultant and vice chair of DHA’s Primary Health Care Sector Mental Health Committee, said the app has undergone several updates since the concept was developed. Using voice notes to insert daily entries and voice tone recognition are some of the latest updates.

She emphasized that the DHA wants to use smart technologies to further improve patient care and enable patients to take better care of themselves through the use of everyday smart monitoring and technology.

She added that people with milder cases of depression will be encouraged to undertake therapy sessions and will be given recommendations such as light-hearted movies, comedy shows, uplifting music and workout routines. .

People on the higher spectrum will be guided directly to contact a professional and make an appointment with a medical specialist. Dr Basti said the team is now developing care pathways to ensure every patient receives the right treatment, support and care and stressed that mental health and well-being are vitally important for every patient. individual. She reiterated that these apps help provide much-needed support to patients with depression while ensuring privacy and support.