Mood-Detecting Apps Could Be Used To Detect And Help Treat Teen Depression

Teen depression and suicide rates have skyrocketed in recent years, with several studies singling out smartphones and social media as the primary causes. According to the AP, this has led researchers to begin developing mood-detecting apps that may be used to identify and help treat teen depression. A leader in the smartphone psychiatry movement, Dr. Thomas Insel, says that there might be as many as 1,000 smartphone "biomarkers" for depression, while Dr. Alex Leow adds, "We are tracking the equivalent of a heartbeat for the human brain." While researchers acknowledge that some people might find their research "creepy," 15-year-old study participant Laurel Foster says she feels "like it's good to actually find out what is stressing you."

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