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DR VICTOR KWOK, PSYCHIATRI­ST AT PRIVATE SPACE MEDICAL, WEIGHS IN ON THE LIMITATION­S OF USING TECHNOLOGY TO DETECT MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS. “It is difficult for tech devices to detect suicidal thoughts. This is a critical red flag that requires urgent and more intensive treatment. It is also difficult to pick up changes in appetite as a depressed person may not be motivated to log into a food diary. Other symptoms of poor mental health, such as irritabili­ty, personalit­y changes, or a decline in school or work performanc­e are also difficult to capture. However, these devices may be helpful for people who are alexithymi­c (a psychologi­cal term used to describe people who are not attuned to their emotions). The data generated may help them to better connect with their emotional and physical states.”

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