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USING 7E04/%101,0a m all over the world can only be a positive access to scientific findings frjoi the realities of depression, Not only is technology helping us learn it is also leadinsgytmopthtoem more about —e in the fight against depression. . in diagnosing the disease and in management. of apps developing apps and other Researchers are leading theywpaeyop le experiencing depression in a resources Which can be used b helping diagnose the disease, and helping people variety of ways, such as manage their symptoms. For people who have trouble accessing effective medical treatment for depression, technology can offer another way to get support. According to Ziv, “Technological tools to flag mental huge impact on [people who lack access health problems could have a hu to mental health care, who] could use an easily downloadable app for early screening instead of jumping through hoops to find a qualified dinician just to start the process” (2014, para. 5). Apps can be used to self-diagnose, which helps people understand what they are experiencing and know what sort of professional help to seek. This kind of free and accessible help could save lives. While resources like apps would never replace trained professionals, they could help streamline the process or manage symptoms while waiting to receive professional care_ Carol Epsy-Wilson, a professor of computer and electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, hopes one day to develop a single streamlined app that will be “a tool, a Siri on steroids, that can track mental health outside of formal treatment or between therapy sessions” (Ziv, 2014, para. 15). There are already many apps that track people’s thoughts and moods and offer advice on things like mindfulness and, as we learn more about how to use the technology’ available to us, we can create even more effective tools based on thorough research into this developing field. In addition to revealing more about the nature of depression and developing new apps to help people in the future, technology as it exists right now is an amazing tool that can providepeople with easy access to much needed support via online resources. The Internet is full of websites that offer support for people dealing with depression as well as information for concerned friends and familY on how to better hel search win bring up help their loved ones. For example, one quick Coo& the website for a l Team in Hamilto oral Crisis Outreach and SuPP°11 n , Ontario, which offers a 24 hour a day crisis line ‘111d a “mobile team, • • officer, will respond t consisting of a mental health worker, and a police daily (COAST )ni is calls between the hours of 8 a,m. and to Cris a.m • „ .6). This is only •,11,11 one of the many proirsci,,