We generally hesitate to talk about mental disorders. There was a stigma that when we have mental disorders, we should not visit the psychiatrist. This is more evident in the Indian country. That said, progress in artificial intelligence has paved a way to make out mental disorders including depression and anxiety. A point to be noted is that the awareness for depression and anxiety is getting high nowadays in India and we never thought it will reach an appreciable level.
With the advent of every technological innovation, there is the need to be highly reliable. That said, the question is whether AI can be the right solution. The mental health domain, just like another industry is making use of AI, but it also needs highly efficient and reliable AI solutions. But how far it is helpful is the question to be answered.
AI-based voice analytics
These analytics let patients find out the disease at the comfort of their own home by simply speaking into a Smartphone app. So for the recluse people, t is like a boon (the real implications of this we will discuss later in this article) as there is no requirement to be physically available in treatment centres for diagnosis. But the question of the hour is: will patients do the treatment by themselves and fail to take up the right treatment?
Some individuals may have difficulty in talking to a bot and will take time to get acquainted with it. On the other hand, the anonymity that the AI concept provides may be positive for some. Moreover, AI offers a tool that a person can have access all the time. There is no need to take an appointment.
AI can evaluate data much quicker than humans and can recommend possible treatments. However, relying only on AI for detecting mental issues is something to be concerned about.
The cost of care stops some people from getting the right help. Artificial Intelligence tools can provide a more handy solution. But do you think this should be the only reason to opt for AI based voice analytics in detecting mental illnesses?
Well, there is really a ground-breaking nature to the concept of letting people diagnose themselves by talking to their Smartphones. However, there is also a point of view that seeking the help of doctors for mental health concerns and it’s probably the right choice. But again, we can have better results when AI and human doctor work in harmony.