AI Mapping Hallucinogenic Experience: The ‘Growing’ Mental Health
AI is mapping hallucinogenic experiences in humans to develop mental health and control anxiety
Mental health is a major concern in contemporary times. Not that it was not an issue earlier. But most of us would agree that in the late modern era in which we live and struggle to survive, mental health is steadily gaining more attention than ever before. Just like issues pertaining to physical health, mental health demands innovative measures to ensure precise outcomes and for this purpose, accuracy occupies the center stage in the activities of mental health professionals. It is only natural that with technology becoming more and more cutting-edge, such treatments will be brought under automation. This is what is happening now and this is exactly where AI (artificial intelligence) comes into the picture with its mapping hallucinogenic experience. AI in mental health is focused on controlling anxiety, depression, and others efficiently and effectively. Thus, the healthcare sector has started integrating AI with hallucinogenic experience to detect issues of mental health.
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Appropriate use of the power of AI helps clinicians, researchers, and therapists to treat clients dealing with mental health or psychotherapy more effectively. Anxiety has been a recurring source of mental health problems. It has been seen that artificial intelligence is able to detect behavioral signs of anxiety with over 90 percent accuracy.
Arguably, the momentous development that marks AI’s intervention in the mental health world is AI’s mapping of hallucinogenic experience. Hallucinogenic experience may be described as an altered or disruptive state of self-consciousness with temporary duration, which is induced by the consumption of psychedelic substance experiences. The hallucinogenic experience thus is a psychedelic experience, called ‘trip’ in popular parlance. It has been a great challenge for researchers to measure its specific effects on the human brain as it goes a long way to delivering sophisticated therapy. AI is used by randomized trials to gather subjective feelings/sensory experiences, which are then mapped into different brain regions through these hallucinogenic experiences. Thousands of written reports are based on personal experiences with psychedelic drugs for this purpose. The much-valued outcome, still at the exploratory stage, is the right way to identify which drug is most suitable for a specific patient.
The results so far regarding AI’s contribution to psycho health provide sufficient reasons for enthusiasm. But to be extremely certain about the long-term efficacy of AI in mental health, researchers need to conduct far more experiments and explorations than what is being done at present. In a significant observation the clinical research psychologist, Dr. Aliosn Darcy, who has gained much eminence and fame by creating Woebot, is candid enough to suggest that even its 24×7 connectivity is no substitute for human connection. Incidentally, Woebot is a chatbot that interacts with individuals with regard to their moods, thoughts, and feelings and offers evidence-based cognitive therapy tools.
Let artificial intelligence continue to explore how it can make contributions to mental health treatment. It will be for our own good. But at the same time, it is important to be careful about the hype addressing AI as the ‘magic wand’ kind of thing. AI in mental health is to be considered in a supplementary role in improving human mental wellbeing. It is to play its role in improving the quality of treatment of mental issues but not to act as a substitute for human diagnosis for the same.