Old fashioned medicine takes weeks, even months to detect mental illness. Doctors use blood tests, brain scans and written psychological testing to determine mental illness. Behavioral health professionals watch your body language and reactions to specific situations to determine a mental illness. Now, you may be able to be alerted to the onset of psychosis and other mental illnesses just by the way you use your computer.
Computers track your search histories. What you search can detect that a mental illness is present. This can be detected at onset as your search history patterns change. Scary thought, isn’t it? It shouldn’t be. Welcome technology and its advancements. It is far better to know that there might be something going haywire in your brain without having to feel uncomfortable with a new doctor.
Dr. Tom Insel has conducted research studies indicating that a computer is intelligent enough to detect mental illness and changes in behavior. He isn’t alone in this quest thought. Both Apple and IBM share in the same theories. Dr. Insel not only believes that computers, and technology in general, can not only detect/diagnose mental illness but treat it as well.
This development means huge things for those that just feel “off” sometimes and don’t really know why.
Google Life Sciences believes that your computer can help fix your brain. They aren’t about spying on you, although that is what many think. Search engines keep a history of your searches, which can easily be cleared out if you wish. However, you may want to consider keeping your search history accessible.
Essentially what is predicted to happen here is that more members of society will use this as a self-monitoring technique similar to wearable options like fitness and spending habit applications do.
With computers and technological devices like cell phones becoming “smarter” with each passing year, the general public is more likely to turn to these devices for answers. Embrace technology, instead of shying away from it. Getting a warning that you’re slipping into depression or are acting irrationally, you can get help faster than waiting for someone to tell you that you’re just “off”.
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