War is one of the ugliest things that a person can experience in their entire lifetime. Not only is it stressful, but it also leaves firsthand witnesses traumatized at how horrid and relentless it can be. Those who live through the ghastly event will have a hard time erasing memories and encounters that left a negative impact on their lives.
Veterans are among those who struggle with trauma and stress from war. Even after the battles, they inadvertently relive their negative experiences on the field, even from the smallest of triggers from their environment.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shouldn’t be taken lightly. If left untreated, the mental illness can consume a person fully and affect their daily interactions or routines.
Yet as science and technology continue to progress, more solutions to PTSD surfaced, giving war veterans a chance to cope with their past and work their way to live a normal life.
Looking At Artificial Intelligence
Among the possible answers to PTSD is artificial intelligence (AI). AI, in simple terms, refers to systems or machines that mimic human intelligence to perform tasks. The technology, which has already been in use for some time now, evolves based on the data it gathers.
When it comes to dealing with PTSD, AI is presently used in voice recognition software to accurately diagnose individuals who suffer from it.
Traditionally, PTSD diagnoses are determined through clinical interviews or a self-assessment report, both of which are prone to biases and tampering, thus making the process lengthy and sometimes ineffective.
However, with AI, speech patterns and underlying emotions from a patient’s voice are scanned to determine if they meet any markers that indicate PTSD in their systems.
Banking on the idea that PTSD is diagnosed through clinical tests, a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry decided to take AI research on mental illness a step further by tapping into the potential of determining PTSD from bloodstream markers.
Creating A Better Experience
Diagnosing PTSD isn’t the only feat that AI can accomplish, especially when backed with the proper research and experimentation. Since the illness is mostly concerned with a person’s memories, partnering the technology with brain scans can help manipulate what people remember.
Neuroscientists from the USA and Japan discovered a technique called neurofeedback where they use AI and brain scans to either create fear or remove unsavory memories.
It applies a Pavlovian concept where a patient is exposed to traumatic memories only to be rewarded by the AI for the exposure. With the positive reinforcement, the individual gradually loses their fear of the memory and isn’t so easily triggered.
There’s an underlying potential in using AI to treat PTSD. With the right amount of time and research, it will become a revolutionary treatment that will change the lives of those suffering from PTSD forever.
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