Mental illness symptoms self reported, empowering patients and alerting caregivers

Monsenso is an app created to help those who suffer from mental illness gauge their own symptoms.   ApplySci applauds this and other attempts to empower the patient (as long as privacy is protected), which in itself could produce positive outcomes.  Data is continuously sent to clinicians, and emergency interventions are facilitated.

Monsenso users complete daily self-assessments on their phones, describing medication taken, stress, and sleep quality.  Physical activity, social interaction and mobility data is also phone-gathered.

The app identifies triggers and early warning signs, and notifies a doctor and/or emergency contact.  Instant messages requesting emergency consultations can be sent to users — which could speed appointments, and also let patients know that they are not alone.

The use of apps in mental health is growing rapidly, and is studied by Harvard’s John Torous, who frequently writes about research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry.

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