There’s a new app in town and it’s here to help you understand your body and mind better. Meet Ada: an app that uses artificial intelligence and an extensive medical base to help users understand what their symptoms might mean and when they should seek medical attention.

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How does Ada work?

The app starts by asking you a few basic questions: your name, age, gender before beginning a symptom assessment. You can add as many symptoms as you’d like.

Once you’re done adding symptoms, it will ask you some detailed questions about those symptoms. The app is able to consider an individual’s past medical history, symptoms, risk factors, and more, with each assessment.

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What are the most common mental health conditions Ada finds?

Based on the reported symptoms of the people who use Ada, the most common mental health conditions are anxiety or stress-related, including: generalized anxiety disorder, depressive episode, burnout, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

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What recommendations does Ada give?

Ada suggests next steps for all health assessments, based on symptoms and severity. Ada will let you know how severe the possible conditions are and what course of action is recommended (most commonly: see a doctor).

Ada gives information on several different conditions that users could have, including how many people experienced the same symptoms and associated conditions. The app will also give you relevant information about potential treatments and prevention.

How is Ada helping people with mental illness in particular?

The team at Ada are always working to improve the app. They use additional reassuring messaging and guidance during the questioning if a user indicates that they have “suicidal tendencies”. Ada is always working to connect people to the most appropriate solutions for care.

Why is Ada important?

According to a National Institute of Mental Health 2016 study, approximately 44.7 million adults in the United States live with a mental illness and 4.7% of those aged 18+ living with a serious mental illness. We know how important mental health is to overall wellness here at Spa Week, and we want to help people get the help they need.

Mental health issues often go undiagnosed for fear of stigma or judgment. Ada provides information that will allow users to take a step in the right direction.

Dr. Claire Norovol, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada says, “mental health disorders are among the most serious health issues affecting our society, and it’s critical that the healthcare community continues to work together to understand and embrace new solutions that empower individuals and improve their ability to access the personalized and high quality care they need.”

 

The Ada app is not a solution to all health issues, and it doesn’t want to be. It’s a helpful first step in understanding physical and mental conditions and knowing what steps to take from there. Download the app to start better understanding your mind and body today!

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