Millions of people throughout the world suffer different mental health problems. While awareness is rising about these issues in several countries, it isn’t going at an ideal rate. There are several reasons why people are facing these problems. Sometimes, it could be substance abuse, genetics, or even the situation which causes mental turmoil in individuals.
It is a well-known fact that several people don’t have access to basic healthcare. Similarly, when it comes to mental health, the situation is worse. Leaving these types of problems undiagnosed can pose significant problems in the future.
Fortunately, there is a chatbot which aims to help people suffering from mental health issues. Known as Woebot, it is a chatbot available on both Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Facebook Messenger.
The bot uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which comes with a lot of advantages. The developers of this chatbot believe that this type of treatment is effective even if it is across the internet.
The creators of this bot held a randomized study, to understand Woebot’s effectiveness on people. According to the results, the chatbot has the potential to help people out, especially when it comes to anxiety and depression.
We decided to give Woebot a shot, to see how it will help people deal with mental health problems.
After you download the app from the respective app store, you need to create an account, before you can start using its services. When you start interacting with the chatbot, it will give you an idea of what it plans on doing with your data. You need to go through the privacy rules and regulations before you can start using its features. It is an excellent move from the developers, as they place immense importance on educating their users about data use.
Also, the bot wants you to know that you cannot use it as a replacement for an actual therapist. It is a self-help tool, not a type of medical treatment. Once the formalities are out of the way, the bot will ask you how you are feeling at the moment. The chatbot gives you a myriad of emotions to select from, which shows how much work the developers put in, during its creation.
Every time you interact with the chatbot, it gives you a clear-cut idea of what it is trying to achieve. For example, when you tell Woebot about how you feel at the moment, it informs you that you completed your first check-in. You can also customize this feature so that the bot sends reminders at the right time. Also, it gives you a handful of tips, on how you can make the most of this chatbot.
When you select “Start Story,” the bot will send across an interesting topic, which will help you deal with your mental health problems. Similarly, it gives you a complete description of every story, so that you have a proper idea on what to expect. When Woebot shares a video, you can watch it without having to leave the app. Also, it will always ask your opinion on what you feel after watching it. As the bot tells you interesting stories, it will teach you valuable lessons on how to deal with mental health problems. The topics are related to the video the bot shows so that it becomes easier to understand the flow of the conversation.
Every time you complete a story, you can take a look at it, by swiping to the right on the app. Similarly, when you swipe to the left, it displays your moods, every time you interacted with Woebot.
If you have any problems, the bot will try its best to understand the issue. For example, we talked about a common relationship and the chatbot identified it immediately. It started to give tips and advice on how to handle your emotions. At the same time, the bot’s interactive lessons give you an opportunity to introspect your feelings.
After every conversation, the bot will ask you how you feel. The purpose of this exercise is to track the effectiveness of its tools. While you can interact with the bot by selecting the suggestions, you can also type in your response.
At any time of the day you feel down, you can contact the chatbot. It will ask you about your current state of mind while giving you ideas on how to get out of it.
Woebot is one of the best chatbots available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Despite the minimalistic interface of the bot, it has a lot of potential to help people with mental health problems. It identifies the issues and tries to provide solutions which will make you feel better.
Do you want to use this chatbot to check out its features? Click on one of the links below to interact with it!
Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.woebot
Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/woebot/id1305375832?ls=1&mt=8
Facebook Messenger – m.me/HiWoebot
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HiWoebot/
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