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Craving to be heard but not seen – Chatbots, care and the encoded global psyche

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Mounica Tata, Doodleodrama

“How are you today?” Wysa starts the conversation. 

“Not well,” I reply. 

“Sounds like today didn’t go well. I’m here for you. Describe how you’re feeling right now.” 

“I’m feeling sad because I can’t see many of my relatives and friends at the moment due to corona restrictions. I’m also worried about the health of elderly …

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Form, Content, Data, Bodies: Jonathan Zong and Beth Semel on Biometric Sans

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The dominant discourse surrounding digital psy technologies such as MindStrong, a teletherapy app designed to detect mental health changes by monitoring changes in typing speed “down to the millisecond”, is that they uncover interior states by gathering psychologically rich data that was always there. But as the Tracking Digital Psy series editors outline in their call for contributors

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Corpses in the street, psychologist on the phone: Telepsychology, neoliberalism and Covid-19 in Ecuador

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Pavel Égüez, “Cuarentena (Quarantine)” (2020), Oil paint on cardboard.

In March 2020, the health and funerary system collapsed in Guayaquil. The largest city in Ecuador was one of the places most affected by Covid-19 in Latin America, perhaps even the world (Benítez et al., 2020; The New York Times, 2020). During the first weeks of the crisis, crude images of …

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The Third Choice: Suicide Hotlines, Psychiatry, and the Police

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With Covid-19 showing no sign of abating, mental health care (from ongoing therapy to helplines) continues to be an important site of treatment for many Americans. While traditional therapy has continued to be prohibitively expensive for most, teletherapy has been covered by most major health insurance companies since the early days of the pandemic and is currently free for …

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The subjects of digital psychiatry

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Giorgia Lupi/Stefanie Posavec (2014), MOMA
“Dear Data, Week 8, A Week of Phone Addiction”

All authors contributed equally to this essay

Imagine a room full of research assistants at a North American university listening to the audio recorded speech of human research subjects diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Though they will never meet or interact with these individuals, the research assistants …

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Tracking Digital Psy: Mental Health and Technology in an Age of Disruption

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Laurie Frick, “Mood + Quantify” (2011-13), Lasercut paper, wood, blocks, laminate.

Covid-19 and the associated social distancing orders have normalized and accelerated the use of digital technologies in psychiatry and mental health care. With the face-to-face therapeutic encounter newly fraught with infectious risks, digital interfaces have emerged as a connective tissue in a time of radical rupture and …