Patent published on March 28, 2024

New Patent Reveals a Machine to Check Mental Health Based on Social Media Messages

Patent Reveals Innovative Solution to Checking Mental Health Using Social Media Messages

The recently published patent, US20240099620A1, from AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, unveils a groundbreaking method and apparatus for checking mental health based on user-generated content on social media platforms. This inventive technology offers a potential solution to the challenges faced by traditional self-report questionnaires, which can lead to subjective diagnosis errors and longer diagnosis processes.

The core problem being solved by this patent is the limitations of current mobile mental health care services that rely on self-report questionnaires. These services may result in inaccurate diagnoses due to individual variations in the perception of depressed emotions and can increase the time required for the diagnosis process. By analyzing user-generated content on social media, this patent aims to provide a more objective and efficient method of checking mental health using deep learning techniques.

The invention presented in this patent entails a machine that collects text data from social media, removes irrelevant information, tokenizes the text, and converts it to lowercase. It then utilizes deep learning algorithms and natural language processing to understand the emotional state of individuals based on the collected words. Through this innovative approach, the machine can determine whether someone is feeling happy, sad, or experiencing other emotions.

Once this problem is effectively solved, the world will witness significant changes in how mental health is monitored and addressed. People will have access to a reliable, non-intrusive method for evaluating their mental well-being without the need to visit a psychiatrist. By leveraging the power of social media messages, individuals can gain insights into their emotional states and take proactive measures to address any mental health concerns.

Real-life examples of how this invention could be used include identifying trends of depression or anxiety within specific communities or demographics. By monitoring the content shared on social media, policymakers and mental health professionals can gain valuable insights into community mental health needs. This information can be utilized to develop targeted interventions and support systems that address the specific concerns of different communities, ultimately improving mental health outcomes on a larger scale.

It is important to note that this patent, although a promising step forward in mental health monitoring, does not assure its appearance in the market. Like any other patent, its practical implementation is subject to further development, evaluation, and regulatory considerations.

In conclusion, the patent US20240099620A1 reveals an innovative approach to checking mental health by analyzing user-generated content on social media platforms. By harnessing the power of deep learning and natural language processing, this invention has the potential to revolutionize mental health monitoring and support systems. However, further research and development are required to assess its effectiveness and practical applications.

P.S. It is crucial to emphasize that this patent does not guarantee its future availability in the market. As with any patent, the actual implementation and commercialization of the technology are contingent upon various factors, including further research, regulatory approvals, and market demand.

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