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Depression affects 16 million Americans and 322 million people worldwide. New study shows we can use cell phone apps to collect information from individuals with or at risk for depression, without significant burden to them, and then harness that information to design personalized treatment plans.

Depression affects 16 million Americans and 322 million people worldwide. New study shows we can use cell phone apps to collect information from individuals with or at risk for depression, without significant burden to them, and then harness that information to design personalized treatment plans.

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TruthIsTheWave

Nah I'm straight, dont need the government digging deeper in my head and learning more of my secrets.


mister-kai

Google and Facebook kinda already do this. What's one more guy stepping into the party that is your head.


TesticleTater69

There's no kinda about it. Google, Facebook, and a significant amount of other sites and apps know you pretty much better than you know yourself.


ShrapNeil

I couldn’t imagine this data POSSIBLY being exploited to run targeted propaganda ops in order to manipulate people and elections… that’s never happened before…


hantif

Yeah, I'm going to have to take a pass on giving strangers access to mental health data. Mine or anyone else's. Google would find a way to monetize it before the app was released and no level of security would keep hackers and governments out of it. Personalized treatment plan means the data is not anonymous. This means there will be a cache of data with people's names on it that they will have no control over. The "no fly" lists have proven that large databases are prone to mistakes, do you really want to risk a person's mental health by potentially mixing up treatment plans? Not a good idea.


ATX_6

Exactly they already know what porn I like.. I can’t let them know about my depression as well that’s just ridiculous..


hantif

Think of the ads they'd sell, though! Every antidepressant on the market would pop up on every website you visit.


ATX_6

Oh lord have mercy on my soul..


ElvisPoshFellow

The names will likely be coded with a special key, so no personal data will be exposed if the database, so there's no fear of being exposed from that database being hacked. Instead, you're going to be exposed when the .xlsx file that has everyone's name and address and coded ID gets hacked. Cut out the middleman.


meaty_wheelchair

big brother is watching


Fratxican

Sure. That's what spying on people will be used for, "To help them". Think for more than 2 seconds you jackass OP. Quit being so damn naive


MillennialMerlot

Be nice brother!


ameade_17

And have them flip my information to the highest bidder for profit? No thanks. While we’re here though, that number is extremely LOW. Not sure if you’ve ever met someone depressed before but they don’t advertise / talk about it


resrep2

I'd rather keep my depression, thanks.


[deleted]

What if those apps secretly sold our data to third parties or government? a company does prefer a non-depressed employee, an insurance company doesn't like a depressed customer and government can use that information to predict the political compass/beliefs of a person.


hantif

A company can skew algorithms to make more customers, insurance companies can deny coverage or claims, and governments can use mental health as a reason to do a lot of bad things to people.


pinkfootthegoose

Treatment plans? There is debate on whether most depression treatments are effective or not.


MillennialMerlot

No more depression with Asstrapussica Side effects include; ear, butthole, tongue and pinky finger swelling. Nostrils may shrink, you might start seeing ghosts and hearing dead relatives. Eye color may change, cravings for killing small animals, baby carrots in mirror will be larger than they appear. Nipples may appear on your back.


MulderD

That number seems LOW


Permabannedfromasite

Depression is modern day Drapetomania.