This is a talk I gave at the IEEE Schenectady Section - 17 MAY Membership Meeting.
The mission of my depression research is to help people figure out what they need to help them get out of a depressed state. That is, finding out what is best for them, not what is best for their doctor, friends, therapist, or anyone else. Depression is now a global problem. In the past 15 years it has gotten worse. Depression is complex; it has a wide range of varying symptoms and degrees of intensity. It can be challenging to determine the best course of action, whether medical treatment is necessary, or which of the many treatments (drug and non-drug) is the best match. Many people who are depressed do not get the help they need, and many people receive medications when they are not necessary. My work aims to bring together tools, technology, scientific and medical data and patient experience to help address depression, both personally and globally.