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Texting to help with depression.
A new study starting Thursday wool research sending text messages to people with depression.
To remind -- to take their medication and monitor their movements and their thoughts.
Tennis is all being paid by taxpayer money some 146000.
Dollars here to weigh in doctor keep that -- psychiatrist and Fox News contributor.
Doctor -- I can tell you -- somebody sent me a text message saying oh Jerry don't be depressed.
I don't care kids.
I think you're learning -- more to protest I mean we'll -- that Dolan.
Personal and called.
Well they may find that in this study and it's interesting that this study -- so neatly.
With the intrusion of technology into psychiatry first there was medication visits ten minutes with you psychiatrist.
Now the government wants to know.
Hey could we somehow hold back on paying for face to face.
Interactions and counseling getting to know these people if we just text them.
Well the bottom line is.
In the end we may find out.
Years from now boy we really went down the wrong path we opted for prozac and texting.
We took humanity and healing out of it and -- gonna spend about a 150000.
To look into it which by the way I'll do it for fifteen.
-- -- we've seen the same thing with primary care physicians they started talking about doing your physical using a phone app.
Taking your blood pressure on your own doing all this stuff by yourself.
I at some point I think he needs the expertise of a doctor can't.
I look I know Obama care's expensive but we can't throw the baby out with the bath water here we have to have some care.
Here's what you can't do with texting you can't delve into someone's life story.
And find out that promise they suffered.
And how those might be manifesting in today's decisions and today's low mood and sense of desperation.
What you can do is push someone a little down the road.
So they look -- little better for a little while.
And believe me armed with data that comes from the government spending money.
To try to prove this some private company will say.
You know where we're gonna try to build Medicare and Medicaid for this texting protocols that seems to make people take their medicine and feel better and you'll pay for it twice you pay for the -- -- Then you pay when Medicare Medicaid get billed.
App -- that makes my head hurt.
Well and yet look at.
You make your wallet heard today you have one question for how should be treated -- it's not texting is -- sitting down with a professional.
Well here's the thing -- depression is a complex.
Illness it does respond in some -- and often to medication.
But the interpersonal element has been down played for so long listen I've done this -- eighteen years I've never met a depressed person who doesn't have some reason.
To be depressed you gotta find that out you -- -- bring yourself to the solution.
This is a step towards sterilization.
Of medicine it's a step.
-- the government by the way getting some data from this university the university's well meaning they want to know if they can get people take their medicine.
But -- to be adjusting for the government to know hey.
How much can people can be cajoled in their mood.
Or made -- say -- I'm not worried about how I don't live doctor I get enough text messages saying economies fine by the way.
Doctor -- -- thanks for coming on tonight appreciate your time Jerry thank you take care.
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