Towards semi-automated assistance for the treatment of stress disorders


Sluis, Frans van der and Broek, Egon L. van den and Dijkstra, Ton (2010) Towards semi-automated assistance for the treatment of stress disorders. In: Third International Conference on Health Informatics, HealthInf 2010, 20-23 Jan 2010, Valencia, Spain (pp. pp. 446-449).

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Abstract:People who suffer from a stress disorder have a severe handicap in daily life. In addition, stress disorders are complex and consequently, hard to define and hard to treat. Semi-automatic assistance was envisioned that helps in the treatment of a stress disorder. Speech was considered to provide an excellent tool for providing an objective, unobtrusive emotion measure. Speech from 25 patients suffering from a stress disorder was recorded while they participated in two storytelling sessions. As a subjective measure, the Subjective Unit of Distress (SUD) was determined, which enabled the validation of derived speech features. A regression model with four speech parameters (i.e., signal, power, zero crossing ratio, and pitch), was able to explain 70% of the variance in the SUD measure. As such it lays the foundation for semi-automated assistance for the treatment of patients with stress disorders.
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