IIT Kanpur develops online tool solving for mental illness | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

IIT Kanpur develops online tool solving for mental illness

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Aiming to help people cope with issues related to their mental health, The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, has developed an online tool, TreadWill.
According to an official source, TreadWill is a website designed to help people deal with stress, low mood, lethargy and other depressive symptoms through different online exercises, questionnaires and games. People suffering from depressive symptoms such as feeling low and lack of pleasure in usual activities may find the contents of the site helpful.
It will help in overcoming depressive symptoms and becoming more resilient against stressful events in the future. The online tool has been developed by a team with collaborative support from the Computer Science and Engineering and HSS (Psychology) departments, and Dr Alok Bajpai, a psychiatrist, the professor said. It is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that helps people with depressive symptoms, Gupta said. The effectiveness of CBT is well established for many mental illnesses, including mood and anxiety disorders.

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