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Mental health care represents over a third of the cost of health care to all EU nations.

However little is being done to develop effective systems for prevention of the illnesses or to provide easier diagnosis with a view to better determine the effects of treatment.

OPTIMI wants to change this by developing tools to predict the onset of a mental illness. The scientists base themselves on the hypothesis that mental illness such as depression is linked to stress and having problems coping with that stress. Wearable and domestic monitor devices note when stress occurs, both at a fine time resolution using ECG and Cortisol, and daily using the Electronic Diary. The effects on the patient's behaviour are identified using EEG, Voice analysis, Physical Activity analysis and the Electronic Diary.



Funding: EU contribution 3,760,598€ our of 5,149,074€

Project duraton: From January 2010 to December 2011.


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