Twitter Can Tell If You're Depressed

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Twitter Can Tell If You're Depressed

Twitter Can Tell If You're DepressedAmazing, right? Microsoft researchers developed a model that can scan tweets and predict depression in Twitter users. They claim an accuracy rate of 70%, but say the research still has a long way to go. But think about day you may receive a tweet that alerts you a change in your mood, maybe before you even realize it yourself. Eric Horvitz, co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond, says he came up with the idea to help reduce the 30,000 suicides a year in the U.S. due to depression. (Watch: Depression and Suicidal Thoughts)

One big downside is that others, like present and potential employers and health insurance companies could do the same thing and you know what that means.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Do you engage in self-stigma, adding to your depression? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Self-Harm and Friendships: Pushing People Away
  2. Are My Adult ADHD Symptoms Really Signs of ADHD?
  3. “You Don’t Have A Mental Illness! It’s All in Your Head!”


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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


When Frightening News Leads To Young Children’s Sleepless Nights

Terrorist attacks, thunder and lightning or events around the house - these are just some of the things that can lead to your child having trouble falling asleep. So what can parents do to help their child overcome sleep problems? The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has some helpful ideas.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Researchers Find Genetic Mutations That May Cause Schizophrenia
  • Suicide Risk Reduced For All Students By Gay-Straight Alliances In Schools
  • Love And Power. An Equal Balance Is The Passport To Intimacy
  • Risk Of Suicide, Homicide Increased By Access To Guns
  • Independent Working May Reduce Adult Autism Symptoms
  • Attentional Biases Toward Emotion Help Characterize Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychosis Risk Factors Have Limited Predictive Power
  • Cortical Thickness May Distinguish Bipolar From Unipolar Disorder
  • Social Contact Problems Warn Of Future Psychosis
  • Childhood Bereavement Contributes To Future Psychosis Risk
  • Cortical Thickness Changes May Contribute To Early Schizophrenia
  • Mental Health Of Spanish Men Worsened With The Economic Crisis

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2014, January 29). Twitter Can Tell If You're Depressed, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 24 from

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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