Stanford’s Woebot is a therapy chatbot for depression and anxiety

A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression — and you can try her new tool right now

“The newest of these tech-based treatments is Woebot, an artificially intelligent chatbot designed using cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, one of the most heavily researched clinical approaches to treating depression.

Before you dismiss Woebot as a half-baked startup idea, know that it was designed by Alison Darcy, a clinical psychologist at Stanford, who tested a version of the technology on a small sample of real people with depression and anxiety long before launching it.

“The data blew us away,” Darcy told Business Insider. “We were like, this is it.”

The results of the trial were published Tuesday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health.”

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