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Could a robot therapist treat depression?Woebot is a chatbot that speaks to users through Facebook Messenger It uses AI to create human-like conversations and offer support to users It now engages in 2 million conversations a week, according to its creators Some experts have cited privacy fears as chatbot 'patients' are not protected by US confidentiality laws For those suffering from anxiety or depression, taking the first step of speaking to someone about it can seem an impossible task.
Depressed? Anxious? Woebot AI wants to help you help yourselfI'm about to start a session with Woebot, billed as the first chatbot clinically shown to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. And I'm skeptical. Chatbots do everything these days, from helping people manage bank accounts and practice language skills to keeping them company when they can't sleep.
Meet The Woman Behind Woebot, The AI TherapistI focus on the psychology of money and financial decisionmaking. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. For Alison Darcy, the bridge between the scores of people in need of mental health assistance and limited resources may just be found in your computer.
A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression - and you can try her new tool right nowWoebot is a free therapy chatbot that launched as a stand-alone iOS app on Thursday. Alison Darcy, a clinical psychologist at Stanford University, created it. Woebot uses one of the best-researched approaches to treating depression, cognitive-behavioral therapy, to deliver scripted responses to users. It's part of a growing trend of incorporating smartphone apps into therapy.