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Diagnosing PTSD through speech


Diagnosing PTSD through speech Today’s Video of the Day from the NYU School of Medicine describes how researchers are using artificial intelligence to diagnose PTSD by analyzing voices.

The experts demonstrated that their AI voice tool can identify PTSD in speech-based characteristics with 89 percent accuracy.

“Speech is an attractive candidate for use in an automated diagnostic system, perhaps as part of a future PTSD smartphone app, because it can be measured cheaply, remotely, and non-intrusively,” said study lead author Dr. Adam Brown.While much speech analysis research has focused on Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, a study by investigators at New York University (NYU) Langone Health and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) has now demonstrated that speech patterns can accurately identify people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Diagnosing PTSD through speech has been a work in process over the years for researchers. Therefore the Symptoms will usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered PTSD.

The course of the illness varies from patient to patient and for what each and everyone has been through. There can be many warning signs, starting with speech, they are researching it further each year to determine.  Currently, the disorder is typically diagnosed either through patient self-reports or interviews conducted in clinics. 

The research is published in the journal Depression and Anxiety.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NYU School of Medicine

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