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MYND - a smart pill dispenser for high functioning mental health patients.

Entrepreneurship / Product design / Mental health / Bipolar disorder

 

background information

The National Alliance For Mental Health states that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.— 43.8 million —experience mental illness in a given year, such as depression, anxiety disorder, schizoaffective disorder, adhd, ocd, or others. 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder. [source: Mental Health By the Numbers]

Bipolar disorder, also known in some parts of the world by its older name of “manic depression,” is a mental disorder that is characterized by serious and significant mood swings. A person with this condition experiences alternating “highs” (what clinicians call “mania“) and “lows” (also known as depression).

According to researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the exact cause of bipolar disorder is not yet known — but it can still be effectively treated.

Like most mental disorders, this condition is readily treated with psychotherapy combined with psychiatric medications (most people benefit more quickly from combined treatment). Treatment for this condition is effective and helps most people keep a balanced mood throughout their day, most days of the month. One of the biggest challenges of treatment is helping a person find and keep a treatment routine that works best for them over the long-term. Most people with this condition benefit from medications for much of their life, but it can be a challenge to stick with the medications
when all seems well years down the road.
— https://psychcentral.com/disorders/bipolar/

risk

Discontinuing medication for long periods of time can result in the medication to stop working, therefore limiting treatment options.

 

needs from patients & doctors

For tracking mood and other health condition -

Along with medical treatment, doctors advise patients to monitor their condition using a mood charting sheet. This helps patients gain perspective but proved inconvenient. 

Patients are looking for more private and efficient ways: to save, visualize, and share data with their doctors. Essentially they are looking for more autonomy

Doctors often worry about their patients forgetting to take medication.

 

MYND

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MYND is a smart pill dispenser for high functioning mental health patients. MYND utilizes the moment a patient takes medicine to track symptom-related data. It aims for its users : collect accurate data over time, share with doctors, to provide information that can lead to better decision making when it comes to treatment.

 

how does it work

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