A software application is in its early stages of becoming the premiere tool for detecting depression in text. It sounds great, but there are some concerns about its use.

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For one, psychological testing does not equate to assessment and is many steps removed from a final diagnosis. Although useful within a given context, the results of a single psychological test seldom show the complete clinical picture.

Besides, even if the software can really detect the disorder, I’m not really sure if it can it really identify what type of depression it is. By type, I meant that that there is a world of difference between pathological depression and run-of-the-mill situational depression. We dare not confuse between the two.

[Computer program that detects depression in bloggers’ texts via Physorg.com]

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