Source: Nathan Cowley/Pexels Depressive episodes in bipolar disorder can be indistinguishable from those in major depressive disorder, leading to misdiagnosis and poor subsequent outcomes. Approximately 40% of patients with bipolar disorder are initially diagnosed with major depressive disorder; average delay in bipolar diagnosis ranges from 5.7 to 7.5 years. In conjunction with data from self-reports and blood biomarker data, a machine learning algorithm called Extreme Gradient Boosting (XGBoost) was able to distinguish between bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. The predictive capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) can assist researchers and clinicians in disciplines characterized by complexity and nuance. AI machine learning is increasingly being used in life sciences, biotechnology, and mental health. A new study published in Translational Psychiatry shows how AI machine learning can be used to help distinguish bipolar disorder … [Read more...] about Machine Learning May Reduce Mental Health Misdiagnosis
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After almost a year of virtual meetings and get-togethers, the fatigue of two-dimensional life is ever more exhausting. Countless friends and colleagues have commented to me about how surprised they are that working, meeting, even socializing online is more draining than they recall the real thing to have been. For the most part, we chalked it up to the pandemic; all the efforts we needed to take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from illness were the reason for our exhaustion. That certainly has contributed to the fatigue. But there is an added exhaustion: It is the loss of context. What do I mean by loss of context? We are interacting with others without seeing, feeling, and sensing the larger space around them. We laugh at cartoons and memes and commercials where a person is dressed professionally from the waist up, and in sweats and flip flops or pajama bottoms and slippers on the unseen parts, with viewers on the other end of the virtual world having no idea. While … [Read more...] about What Do We Lose When We Connect in a Two-Dimensional World?
Source: Vinicius Wiesehofer/Pexels In 2015, a statistic about social media use captured the Internet’s attention : "More people have died of selfies than shark attacks this year.” To be fair, very few people die of either selfies or shark attacks. But a wave of research continues to suggest that social media use can be a significant impediment to mental health. A new study points specifically to selfies as a mood and confidence -lowering activity. Social media use has been linked to depression , anxiety , body dissatisfaction, and increased focus on appearance. These effects are fairly broad, but they seem to hit young women (who are the heaviest users of social media) especially hard. Yet many of the studies showing an association between heavier social media use and decreased mental health are correlational. As any of my students can quickly tell you: Correlation does not equal causation. In other words, just because social media use is correlated with negative … [Read more...] about The Psychological Cost of Posting Selfies
Zoom Burnout is Real Source: Christian Erfurt/Unsplash, used with permission If you're living on planet Earth, you are probably doing way more online everything—shopping, socializing, and working—than you ever imagined (or wanted to). And you almost certainly know what I mean when I talk about "Zoom fatigue," aka "Zoom burnout ," "burning Zoom eyeballs," etc. I have been doing video teaching and video coaching / therapy for some time now, but not nearly the amount that I have in the past year. And, as a Texan friend recently said, "I'm taaard." (That's apparently Texas-speak for " really tired.") My back gets sore from sitting. My eyeballs are dry and sometimes really burn. It's hard to tell if my students are paying attention . Often I know they just aren't, and I can't say I blame them. I find myself over-explaining concepts because I can't tell if some of them are actually listening (especially with cameras off). I know that many are probably looking at … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Surviving and Thriving Despite All the Zooming