A Study about Gathering Features in Depression Detection’ Problem with Health Professionals Community
Keywords:Depression, Social Networks, Mental Health Informatics
Understanding individuals, social dynamics, and data consumption within social media platforms arouse curiosity and attention in the scientific community and society. The scientific community has shown how a user's mental health can be affected by technology and its digital environment. For example, a user exposed to constant explicit hate speech may suffer an impact on its well-being. There are already efforts in this research area that propose automated solutions to identify users who require professional health attention. However, these solutions do not frequently use the experience and background from the health acknowledgment area in their contribution construction. To fill this gap, we propose a qualitative feature validation with two stages to identify which characteristics are relevant to health professionals, aiming at machine learning and deep learning solutions to depression detection. First, we validate this set of features using a semi-structured interview with three psychologists. Afterward, we apply a survey with domain experts to validate the information extracted from the first stage. This feature validation will allow us to have a detailed view of how functional and practical are the features commonly used in machine-learning-based solutions and how they are close to clinical analysis.
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