Doctors Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Diagnose Mental Illness in Children

Scientists are now developing an Artificial Intelligence System that can recognize signs of depression and anxiety in children. It does it by studying their speech patterns, and so far it has show to be over 80% accurate. There are many issues in the field of child psychiatry, including insurance problems, long waits for appointments and an overall failure to recognize the early or major symptoms of issues with children. For that reason, doctors are looking at new technology that could help them solve some or most of these problems.

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As someone that suffered from anxiety and depression at a very early age, I recognize that we must do a better job as parents and doctors at recognizing and treating the little ones that are suffering. I am for whatever method can quickly and safely accomplish this. However, with so many unknown in the field of AI right now, is it really a good idea to utilize this technology on our children? I am not sure I know the answer to that right now. What do you think?

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