Depression is a serious mental health issue and it is not unusual amongst young adults. If you’re depressed or generally feeling the blues, it is advisable to seek help. Psychologists and AI scientists at Stanford have created an automated conversational agent commonly known as chatbot who monitors your mood and learns about yourself. Bots have been used for help and support for quite some time now but this bot is remarkable as it is blurring the line between casual conversation and actual therapy.
Charmingly named Woebot is your robot friend who is available 24/7 to help using a therapeutic framework known as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Woebot is a result of natural language processing techniques combined with therapeutic expertise, excellent writing and the right amount of humor to deliver an effective and pleasant experience to its users.
Woebot asks you about your energy levels and feelings in short daily conversations and learns from them. Questions like “How are you feeling?”, “What is your energy like today?” helps it track your mood and deliver content such as videos and games tailored for your needs. It gives you interesting insights into your behavior and through its personalized content, it ends up teaching you a lot about mental health.
Although it doesn’t make any claim to replace actual therapists, Woebot has proven success in improving your overall mood significantly in just two weeks. A randomized study at Standford in which students chatted with Woebot reported a significant reduction in depression.
Woebot is your therapist living in your Facebook messenger app, available 24/7 to help without any couches, medicines or childhood stories. It is free of cost for first two weeks. After first two weeks, there are weekly, monthly and annual usage plans available at as low as $39 per month which is way less than the usual cost of therapy.
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and tell us if you love it like many other users on the internet.