IIT-K ex­perts de­velop tool for ad­dress­ing men­tal health

BioSpectrum (India) - - SCIENCE NEWS -

The In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT), Kan­pur, has de­vel­oped an on­line tool, Tread­Will, to help peo­ple cope with is­sues re­lated to men­tal health. Tread­Will is a web­site de­signed to help peo­ple deal with stress, low mood, lethargy and other de­pres­sive symp­toms through dif­fer­ent on­line ex­er­cises, ques­tion­naires and games. The on­line tool has been de­vel­oped by a team with col­lab­o­ra­tive sup­port from the Com­puter Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing and HSS (Psy­chol­ogy) depart­ments, and Dr Alok Ba­j­pai, a psy­chi­a­trist. It is based on cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy (CBT) that helps peo­ple with de­pres­sive symp­toms. The ef­fec­tive­ness of CBT is well es­tab­lished for many men­tal ill­nesses, in­clud­ing mood and anx­i­ety dis­or­ders. Based on the proven method­ol­ogy of CBT, Tread­Will uses sim­ple lan­guage to help users to iden­tify in­vol­un­tary neg­a­tive thoughts and be­hav­ior.

Users are sub­se­quently taught tech­niques to work on mod­i­fy­ing their thoughts and ac­tions.

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