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Smartphones May Hold The Key to Mental Health Diagnosis

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Mental health professionals are seeing an uptick in social media-driven self-diagnoses among teens and young adults self-identifying conditions like ADHD, OCD, dissociative identity disorder autism and Tourette syndrome. Behavidence uses data science and healthcare analysis to better predict and track mental health needs of patients right from their smartphone.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 3.3 million adolescents between 12 and 17 years old living with clinical ADHD. Behavidence can make a difference for adolescents trying to better understand their mental health needs, and parents need not worry that TikTok health influencers are part of the diagnostic process.
The Behavidence App takes advantage of modern consumer technology to find a more affordable, accurate way of diagnosing ADHD flare. Most adolescents living with ADHD have access to mobile phones, regardless of socioeconomic status. The digital phenotyping app is trained to detect the patient’s digital behaviors using data such as usage frequency, typing speed, active conversation and the amount of switching between different apps.
Taking this information, the app then uses machine learning and algorithms to define a specific digital phenotype to understand each user’s behaviors that can then be linked to ADHD or not. The always-on view ensures patients get updates on their mental health conditions without expensive visits to the clinic. Behavidence also passively collects the behavioral data, making the diagnosis even more exact versus only using self-reported symptoms. The information is unbiased and accurate with a recall accuracy of 76 to 92 percent.
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