Government plans phone app to help depressed teens

Published August 6, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Government plans phone app to help depressed teens

Breaking News August 03, 2017 11:31

By The Nation

The government’s Mental Health Department will in September make available a mobile-phone application to help teenagers avoid or overcome depression.

The department’s director-general, Squadron Leader Boonruang Triruangworawat, said this week the “Mindfit” app would be free to download for both Andriod and iOS devices.

He made the announcement at a combined International Mental Health Conference and Child Mental Health and Psychiatry Conference on Depression held at a Bangkok hotel.

Its intent is to “engage users with easy activities to adjust their thinking, boost problem-solving skills, adjust behaviour and promote positive thinking, self-expression and life-goal adjustment”, he said.

The app will assess the users’ current mental condition via a questionnaire covering the previous 2-3 weeks and then recommend a one-month programme of activities to boost their “heart power”, Dr Boonruang said.

The app has been designed based on a study by Ubon Ratchathani-based Prasrimahabhodi Psychiatric Hospital of 177 youths aged 15-18 around the country who had experienced depression.

The most common symptoms were found to be irritability, sadness and a sense of emptiness and isolation.

Boys feeling depressed tended to behave recklessly, such as driving at high speed, while girls were more likely to weep or lash out, Boonruang reported.

The study identified contributing factors in family issues such as domestic fights, in overly high expectations, lack of love, and low income or debt. Relationship issues such as lack of peer acceptance, arguments with friends or losing a boyfriend or girlfriend can cause depression, as can personal issues, illness, lack of self-awareness, and suppressed stress or anger.

Depression can also stem from studying hard with insufficient rest, from trauma such as serious illness in the family, teenage pregnancy, abortion, and being abused at home or bullied by others.

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