How is Facebook being used to warn about a psychotic relapse

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Child psychiatrist Michael Birnbaum explains how social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to be able to easily predict of psychotic and mental illness, relapse, based on the activities of the user.

If you think that the people in the use of Facebook, the specter of a new Russian troll may come to mind. Now, researchers in the United States, the use of Facebook for good, and it’s a study of how changes in the code of health and manifest, will be online.

In a recent paper in the journal Nature, co-first-authors, Dr .. Sindhu Kiranmai Ernala of Georgia Tech, Dr .. Michael Birnbaum, of The Feinstein institute of Medical Research, Northwell Health and wanted to get a better sense of how young people are using social media. Specifically, because of the psychotic symptoms of individuals who are in psychiatric care for schizophrenia has been getting worse and worse, and for some, that might seem to be on a platform such as Facebook.

Dr. Birnbaum sit down with Fox News and explained that the mental health and behavioral health services is almost entirely dependent on the subjective self-report, however, that social media can be a key target of signals to the medical profession.


“We’re looking for unbiased signals, and we believe that these signals are available in the form of digital data, such as Facebook, and search activity,” said Dr. Birnbaum . “The signals are also made available in the manner in which people use their mobile phones, and the way in which people communicate with one another by means of speech, which can be analyzed in a very objective way.”

Dr. Birnbaum was the time of the data, and went on to say that she liked the way in which patients are used, Facebook has drastically changed the psychotic symptoms are worsened prior to admission to hospital.

“We have identified the first, and major changes in the language to use during the fall, in particular, young people are more likely to swear, and were more likely to use anger-related words in their Facebook posts,” said Dr Birnbaum. “In the second place, they were less likely to talk about things like work, friendships, and relationships. In the third place, they will be more likely to tag each other, and, fourth, they will be more inclined to send and respond to friend requests.”


Dr. Birnbaum noted that it would be beneficial for the people who are in the possession of, or access to, any and all of this kind of information, like the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in order to take part in the discussion.

“I think that there are a number of ethical concerns, and there are some people who may or may not have the individual’s best interest in mind,” said Birnbaum. “That being the case, the data is out there, and there are significant opportunities to improve what we do, and it requires a lot of discussion and dialogue with all stakeholders, including the people who are responsible for the development and creation of content on Facebook.”

In the study, the results of which demonstrate that social media holds out a promise for the collection of objective, non-invasive, easy to access information. The data will, in turn, can ultimately help you avoid a costly emergency room visits, psychiatric hospitalization, family burden, medical complications, and even more important after his death.

“This is an opportunity to digitize the data and to obtain more objective information about the possibility of an impending relapse, said Dr. Birnbaum. “We have a real chance to be in the real world, and even earlier, so the drop is done.”


To find out more about the study and listen to the Dr. Michael Birnbaum for the full interview, above.

Emily DeCiccio, is a writer and video producer of Fox News Digital Print. Tweet her @EmilyDeCiccio

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