Chatbots are robots powered by artificial intelligence whom we sometimes talk with when we call a number for customer assistance. They’ve been used by some businesses for their customer service to answer queries from clients, record complaints, and take note of some requests. The healthcare industry is now starting to use chatbots to assist doctors and access records of patients. Some psychotherapists manage their patients utilizing chatbots, especially for talk therapy.
“Therapy gives you permission to allow you to feel the pain and know that it’s valid.” –Carmen Gehrke, LMHC
Talk therapy is beneficial for those people suffering from depression and other forms of mental illness. Frequently, someone suffering from depression finds it hard to talk about how he feels to his partner. Negative feelings and negative thoughts when not appropriately processed can ruin your relationship. Unprocessed emotions and negativities tend to grow and grow inside you. Depression sinks in until you explode, and that would not be good.
“Therapy and couples counseling can drastically improve your relationship issues” –Hannah Goodman, LMHC
Chatbot Talk Therapist
Online therapy has been quite accessible to younger generations suffering from anxiety, and they have been improved through the years and have become more advanced, sophisticated, and more beneficial to its users.
Talk therapy, robotics, and artificial intelligence combined leads to the creation of chatbots. A chatbot is a computer program made to engage in a conversation with human users, often through the internet, via audio or text.
The most recent chatbots created by Stanford psychologists and AI experts are the talk therapy chatbots. They can participate or initiate conversations, track mood, and manage videos and word games to assist people with mental health problems.
Chatbots to the Rescue
Talk therapy with a regular therapist is often expensive, and sometimes it is tough to arrange an appointment for a therapy session. Chatbots are meant to bridge this gap. Chatbots can be used by the human therapist to keep in contact with their clients and provide them with the talk therapy they need. Chatbot, in turn, gives the doctor record of the conversation and breakdown of the negative and positive words often used.
Talk therapy helps a patient speak out openly how he feels about the situation, his negative thoughts, or his partner. They help process these issues and negativities and turn them into positive ones so that you can deal with them sensibly. This consequently leads to a decrease in your stress and depression and promotes a better attitude in dealing with your relationship issues more rationally. Talk therapy may even allow you to willingly talk to your partner and resolve the issues more calmly since you’ve already poured out some negative emotions and thoughts as you speak to a chatbot.
Chatbots help patients with mental illness a great deal. Patients may feel like talking more comfortably with the chatbots and may open up more feelings as they think that these robots are unlikely to judge them after hearing what they have to say.
Chatbot therapy demand may increase over time. These chatbots are created to rescue the increasing number of people who have mental illness through talk therapy. They are not meant to replace the human doctors and are not to prescribe patient treatment, but instead assist therapists so they can reach out to more patients and avoid the negative consequences caused by not meeting the needs of patients with mental illness.
“Therapy is a lot like other things in life, in that you’ll get out of it what you put in. You’ll need to put in effort to get results.” –Sarah Rumpf, MA, LPCC