Therapists or Ther-AI-pists?

April 21, 2021
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There has always been a shortage of mental health professionals (and since the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for their support is more than ever), but could this need be satisfied by AI technology?

Could AI replace your therapist?

Recently, websites, social media platforms, and smartphone applications have been increasingly dispensing mental health advice, often leveraging AI to identify individuals at a high risk of mental illness, define mental illnesses, or ensure the quality of care for those being treated for a mental illness. These algorithms work by consuming large amounts of data gathered from social media, smartphones, electronic health records, and other sources to identify patterns that may indicate that someone may need additional mental health support.

Concerns

Despite this, these algorithms have caused some major concerns, especially regarding accuracy, biases, or bad advice. Additionally, there are major privacy concerns surrounding private information being shared with unintended parties.

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Dr. John Torous, Dr. Adam Miner, and Dr. Zac Imel about their thoughts on AI and mental health treatment.

Read what they had to say here.