Sound Body #1744: The Smartphone Psychiatrist Conclusion 10/27/17

Oct 23, 2017

One of the most influential psychiatrists in the world became frustrated with psychiatry's inability to effectively help people suffering from mental illness. Mortality rates for just about every physical illness have gone down, white the rates of suicide and disability due to mental health conditions have not. This led Tom Insel to question some of the basic premises of psychiatry, and make the move to Silicon Valley in search of smartphone based solutions. The second half of the article focuses on using data analysis to pinpoint changes in behavior and using smartphones for social connection and peer support.