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"Energy is a Finite Resource": Designing Technology to Support Individuals across Fluctuating Symptoms of Depression.

Rachel Kornfield, Renwen Zhang, Jennifer Nicholas, Stephen M Schueller, Scott A Cambo, David C Mohr, Madhu Reddy

Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems | Published : 2020

Abstract

While the HCI field increasingly examines how digital tools can support individuals in managing mental health conditions, it remains unclear how these tools can accommodate these conditions' temporal aspects. Based on weekly interviews with five individuals with depression, conducted over six weeks, this study identifies design opportunities and challenges related to extending technology-based support across fluctuating symptoms. Our findings suggest that participants perceive events and contexts in daily life to have marked impact on their symptoms. Results also illustrate that ebbs and flows in symptoms profoundly affect how individuals practice depression self-management. While digital to..

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