A growing number of companies are beginning to use brain mapping to help patients with mental illness, but a growing number also say they want to make sure they’re using them appropriately.
In an effort to keep things from becoming a distraction for the people they’re meant to be helping, companies like Google and Microsoft are taking a look at how they can improve their apps and create new tools to help people with mental illnesses.
They’re also working to make their apps easier to use, as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has said they have to be.
The issue is that there are no clear guidelines about what brain mapping is and how it should be used, said Michael Pescatore, executive director of the UMass Alliance on Mental Illness.
People with a mental illness need help, he said.
If you’re trying to help someone who has a severe mental illness or a mental health condition, then you’re going to have a lot of people who don’t want to go through that and a lot who don`t want to use it.
It’s a difficult problem.
It’s an issue that we’re still working on.
We need to find a common ground that’s consistent across all these platforms, Pescor said.
In the meantime, people are using these apps and trying to find out more about them.
A recent survey from Mind, Inc. found that more than a third of people had a negative view of brain mapping, compared to just under half of the people surveyed before.
The brain mapping tools are available through some of the most popular services, like Google Maps, and there are a number of different brain mapping products that can be found on the app store.
But the more popular apps can be problematic.
Some people might not be comfortable using a tool like Brainmapper to help them with their mental health, said Jessica Riggs, a consumer product safety specialist with the Consumer Product Protection Commission (CPPC).
When someone goes into a therapy session, they might feel like they`re not really being listened to, she said.
And even if they do, it may not always be helpful.
“The more you get into these tools, the more they get into your mind,” Riggs said.
“You might feel frustrated or anxious and feel like you`re doing it wrong.
But it`s very likely that your therapist is not hearing it.
So it`ll just make you feel worse about yourself.”
Riggs said people need to be aware of the different apps and tools and understand what is actually meant.
They also need to understand what happens when someone uses the app and what it means to them.
“It`s important that they understand that what they are seeing is not necessarily what they`ve experienced,” Rigsons said.
“If they`ll be looking at something that’s going to help their condition, it`d be helpful if they understand the difference between the two.”
When someone uses a brain mapping app, they`d want to see the results of that process, which may include a scorecard, according to Pescatar.
If it looks positive, that`s a good sign, Pascatore said.
The scorecard should not be used as a way to suggest how good or bad the outcome was, he added.
Some people may also be surprised by what they see on a Brainmapping report, or what the company calls a “report card.”
The report card will show what people say about their experience with the app.
People can also click a checkbox to indicate how they would rate it.
There is no data collected on how often a person uses the Brainmappers.
The report cards are typically posted on the company`s website, which also shows the results on a chart and other information.
The Brainmakers say they take feedback seriously, but the company did not respond to questions about whether they have a system in place to keep tabs on reports.
It also didn`t respond to several requests for comment about the report card, which is based on the results in the app or on the brain mapping report cards.
Some companies are starting to offer brain mapping as a paid service, but others don`ts get paid for it.
In addition, there are questions about how the technology is used and what privacy rules should apply.
Pascatoro said companies should be careful not to overstate the importance of a report card.
People who have mental health issues should not expect to receive a high-quality report card that says they are in the top percentile of the population, he told the AP.
The report card is meant to help a person understand their condition and get better care, he continued.
“We`re trying to provide information that is not only useful for patients, but that is important for society,” Pascato said.
People who use brain maps have different expectations about the privacy of the information they get from them, said Matt Regan, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin.