Did you ever find yourself stuck in a relationship, working on something you didn’t love, or even stuck in a place witch kills your creativity or maybe, focusing on problems with no resolution, instead of taking steps towards a better you ?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mental Health Care
“Hey Siri, am I depressed?” When I posed this question to my iPhone, Siri’s reply was “I can’t really say, Jennifer.”
Someday I think, software programs like Siri or Alexa may be able to talk to patients about their mental health symptoms to assist human therapists.
Artificial intelligence’s (AI) transformative power is reverberating across many industries, but in one—healthcare—its impact promises to be truly life-changing. From hospital care to clinical research, drug development and insurance, AI applications are revolutionizing how the health sector works to reduce spending and improve patient outcomes.
The total public and private sector investment in healthcare AI is stunning: All told, it is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2021, according to some estimates. Even more staggering, Accenture predicts that the top AI applications may result in annual savings of $150 billion by 2026.
To learn more, I spoke with Adam Miner, PsyD, an instructor and co-director of Stanford’s Virtual Reality-Immersive Technology Clinic, who is working to improve conversational AI to recognize and respond to health issues.
What do you do as an AI psychologist?
“AI psychology isn’t a new specialty yet, but I do see it as a growing interdisciplinary need. I work to improve mental health access and quality through safe and effective artificial intelligence. I use methods from social science and computer science to answer questions about AI and vulnerable groups who may benefit or be harmed.”
How did you become interested in this field?
“During my training as a clinical psychologist, I had patients who waited years to tell anyone about their problems for many different reasons. I believe the role of a clinician isn’t to blame people who don’t come into the hospital. Instead, we should look for opportunities to provide care when people are ready and willing to ask for it, even if that is through machines.
VI was reading research from different fields like communication and computer science and I was struck by the idea that people may confide intimate feelings to computers and be impacted by how computers respond. I started testing different digital assistants, like Siri, to see how they responded to sensitive health questions. The potential for good outcomes — as well as bad — quickly came into focus.”
Why is technology needed to assess the mental health of patients?
“We have a mental health crisis and existing barriers to care — like social stigma, cost and treatment access. Technology, specifically AI, has been called on to help. The big hope is that AI-based systems, unlike human clinicians, would never get tired, be available wherever and whenever the patient needs and know more than any human could ever know.
However, we need to avoid inflated expectations. There are real risks around privacy, ineffective care and worsening disparities for vulnerable populations. There’s a lot of excitement, but also a gap in knowledge. We don’t yet fully understand all the complexities of human–AI interactions.
People may not feel judged when they talk to a machine the same way they do when they talk to a human — the conversation may feel more private. But it may in fact be more public because information could be shared in unexpected ways or with unintended parties, such as advertisers or insurance companies.”
What are you hoping to accomplish with AI?
“If successful, AI could help improve access in three key ways. First, it could reach people who aren’t accessing traditional, clinic-based care for financial, geographic or other reasons like social anxiety. Second, it could help create a ‘learning healthcare system’ in which patient data is used to improve evidence-based care and clinician training.
Lastly, I have an ethical duty to practice culturally sensitive care as a licensed clinical psychologist. But a patient might use a word to describe anxiety that I don’t know and I might miss the symptom. AI, if designed well, could recognize cultural idioms of distress or speak multiple languages better than I ever will. But AI isn’t magic.
We’ll need to thoughtfully design and train AI to do well with different genders, ethnicities, races and ages to prevent further marginalizing vulnerable groups.
If AI could help with diagnostic assessments, it might allow people to access care who otherwise wouldn’t. This may help avoid downstream health emergencies like suicide.”
How long until AI is used in the clinic?
“I hesitate to give any timeline, as AI can mean so many different things. But a few key challenges need to be addressed before wide deployment, including the privacy issues, the impact of AI-mediated communications on clinician-patient relationships and the inclusion of cultural respect.
The clinician–patient relationship is often overlooked when imagining a future with AI. We know from research that people can feel an emotional connection to health-focused conversational AI.
What we don’t know is whether this will strengthen or weaken the patient-clinician relationship, which is central to both patient care and a clinician’s sense of self. If patients lose trust in mental health providers, it will cause real and lasting harm.”
- This is a reposting of Scope blog story, courtesy of Stanford School of Medicine
Take The Entrepreneurship Aptitudes Test
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Do you have what it takes to strike it out on your own? Got the entrepreneurial spirit in you? A number of people don’t fit into the existing corporate molds.
Maybe they have a hard time taking direction or hate working in an industry they aren’t passionate about. Perhaps they have a lot of great ideas that they never get to implement in their workplace because of all the bureaucratic red-tape.
Sometimes, they just feel driven to achieve, heading towards some finish line that most people can’t see. These people work best when they’re on their own, as entrepreneurs.
This test will identify whether you have the characteristics that typically demonstrate entrepreneurial potential.
Examine the following statements and indicate how often or to what degree you agree with them. In order to receive the most accurate results, please answer each question as honestly as possible.
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Prove it to yourself sometimes is more hard then you anticipate, because life is tough, that’s a given.
When you stand up, you’re gonna be shoved back down. When you’re down, you’re gonna be stepped on. My advice to you doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles.
It’s no secret, you’ll fall down, you stumble, you get pushed, you land square on your face.
And every time that happens, you get back on your feet. You get up just as fast as you can, no matter how many times you need to do it.
Remember this, success has been and continues to be defined as getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down. If experience has taught me anything, it’s that nothing is free and living ain’t easy.
Life is hard, real hard, incredibly hard. You fail more often than you win, nobody is handing you anything. It’s up to you to puff up your chest, stretch your neck and overcome all that is difficult, the nasty, the mean, the unfair.
You want more than what you’ve now, PROVE IT! You want beat the very best out there that is, get out there and earn it!
Once you decide that, you’ll know where it is you want to be, then you won’t stop pushing forward until you get there!
That’s how winners are made. At the end of the day, success is what we all want.
We all wanna win, and the race will be won.
There is no question about that. So c’mon, get out on top, run faster, dream bigger, live better than you ever have before.
This is in you. You can do this. Do it for yourself. Prove it to yourself! 👉🏆
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Entrepreneurs aren’t like most people. They have a way of looking at things that enable them to come up with new and innovative products, services, or concepts.
Yet, there are some innovative leaders traits that all successful entrepreneurs share. Here are just a few of them.
They See Patterns
This ability to see patterns where everyone else sees randomness is called apophenia and it’s why the ideas entrepreneurs devise are so unique. It helps them foresee a solution to a problem and that’s how their ideas are born.
They’re Lazy, Yet Brilliant
An entrepreneur will look for the easiest way to perform a task because he or she doesn’t want to work hard. This brings up new ideas that might not have been considered but will change our methods for the better.
They Like Notes
Everyone from Thomas Edison to Bill Gates had a passion for taking notes. Entrepreneurs often keep a notebook or notepad with them, because they never know when an idea will strike. Any thought that occurs to them gets jotted down on paper.
They Strive for Perfection
Entrepreneurs know they will never attain perfection, but that doesn’t keep them from working toward that lofty goal. By working for perfection in everything they do, they can progress and improve. While they may never realize that ultimate goal, the advancements they make along the way are worth the effort.
They Embrace Fear
While most people try to avoid fear, the really innovative entrepreneurs embrace it and take advantage of it. They know that fear brings a greater sense of awareness and a hunger to succeed at any cost. This is what drives them to continue and push past their failures.
They Try to Improve the World
Instead of tackling something after it breaks, entrepreneurs are looking for ways to build upon things that are already working. While a system or product may function fine, the entrepreneur anticipates a way of making it better. Most innovations are born out of this desire to improve on past successes.
These innovative leader traits set entrepreneurs apart from most other people by giving them the insights to succeed in their projects. While others may see these traits as oddities or eccentricities, the most successful entrepreneurs take advantage of them and turn them into tools. Utilizing these talents and insights, they come up with new products and services that help advance our culture.
We’ve all been there: trying to work but failing badly because we keep getting distracted. That’s way I’ve put together 6 tips for you to improve your focus at work.
Practice these well-being basics
You may already be aware that what you eat and how much sleep you get affects your physical well-being. But you might know that your eating and sleeping habits can also affect your focus. “Our ability to concentrate is dramatically influenced by fatigue, poor nutrition, dehydration and hunger,” explains Dr. Mitchell Hicks, clinical psychologist and academic coordinator for Walden University’s Ph.D. in Psychology program.
Taking care of your body is one of the best ways to help your mind perform. Simple Microsteps, such as making a conscious effort to go to bed half an hour earlier, swapping a high-calorie lunch for a lighter meal, or drinking an extra glass of water each day, may make a big difference.
Do one thing at a time
A lot of people pride themselves on being great multitaskers, though research shows very few are actually good at it. Ultimately, the brain cannot fully focus when multitasking, which is why our productivity takes a hit: “When your attention is divided in this way, you can be less efficient and consequently less productive,” says Melanie Lopes, M.F.T., a California-based psychotherapist.
One strategy for “unitasking”: Figure out when you’re most productive (in the morning, for instance), and do your most challenging work then. Then do the rest of your tasks when you’re not in prime focus mode.
Make lists, but not epic ones
“Creating lists can be a double-edged sword,” cautions Hicks. “Lists can certainly help you keep track of and prioritize tasks, but if a lack of focus is due to feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be accomplished, then creating a long list of tasks may make things worse,” he says.
To avoid becoming overwhelmed and therefore unfocused, Hicks encourages identifying the few most important things that need to be accomplished that day and writing those down. (You can keep the “important but not for today” tasks on a separate page to help keep your attention where it needs to be.)
Work hard, break hard
“Sometimes you might not be able to focus because you really just need a break,” Lopes points out. And that’s OK — breaks are, more often than not, good for you. “Go for a short walk or simply put in earbuds and listen to some music for a few minutes.
Allowing yourself time to recharge or temporarily step away from what you’re doing can help improve focus and boost productivity.”
Just make sure to be firm with yourself about the length of your breaks: “It’s easy to allow yourself to get carried away with longer and longer breaks,” Hicks reminds us.
Redirect yourself when you get distracted
Pay attention to when you, well, stop paying attention: There may be a pattern in what’s distracting you. Maybe you lose focus when you check your email, or listen to certain types of music. “See if you can catch yourself when that happens and choose to do something different, preferably something that can ground you in the present,” Lopes says.
The simple tactic of taking a few deep breaths may be all you need to reground yourself and bring your focus back to the task at hand.
Find an accountability buddy
Almost everything’s easier when you’ve got the support of a friend. So find a focus buddy. “Once you create a goal and a deadline for yourself, share it with this person and plan to check in at a designated time,” Lopes suggests.
“Self-discipline is challenging for a lot of people and having someone holding you accountable can help keep you focused and on track.”