MakeUseOf: 5 Brain-Hacking Positivity Apps to Manage Depression and Change Your Mood

MakeUseOf: 5 Brain-Hacking Positivity Apps to Manage Depression and Change Your Mood. “From bots that will talk to you through a funk to long-term projects that help express and manage your mental state through photography, these apps have several approaches to change how you feel. It’s all about mood management and mind hacks, a combination that can help you better understand depression and anxiety, and deal with disorders.”

New York Times: In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

New York Times: In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role. “A police officer on the late shift in an Ohio town recently received an unusual call from Facebook. Earlier that day, a local woman wrote a Facebook post saying she was walking home and intended to kill herself when she got there, according to a police report on the case. Facebook called to warn the Police Department about the suicide threat.”

EurekAlert: Internet therapy apps reduce depression symptoms, IU study finds

EurekAlert: Internet therapy apps reduce depression symptoms, IU study finds . “In the past several years, many internet-based apps and websites have made claims to treat depression. The subjects of the [Indiana University] study were specifically those applications that provide treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing thought patterns and behavior to alleviate symptoms of depression and other mental disorders.”

MIT Technology Review: Your smartphone’s AI algorithms could tell if you are depressed

MIT Technology Review: Your smartphone’s AI algorithms could tell if you are depressed. “Depression is a huge problem for millions of people, and it is often compounded by poor mental-health support and stigma. Early diagnosis can help, but many mental disorders are difficult to detect. The machine-learning algorithms that let smartphones identify faces or respond to our voices could help provide a universal and low-cost way of spotting the early signs and getting treatment where it’s needed. “

Science Daily: Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds

Science Daily: Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds . “Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram may not be great for personal well-being. The first experimental study examining use of multiple platforms shows a causal link between time spent on these social media and increased depression and loneliness.”

Phys .org: Social media buffers depression among older adults with pain

Phys .org: Social media buffers depression among older adults with pain. “With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites. In a newly published University of Michigan study, researchers reported that using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain.”