The Depressed Texter

Researchers at Northwestern University are developing an app that would monitor the frequency of a depressed person’s phone calls, texts and emails. They feel that people with depression may feel better with more cell phone interruptions when they are in the midst of a low day. The app called Mobilyze!, would tap into the phone’s GPS and accelerometer to see if a user has been lying around at home all day.   Nothing like trying to make money off your ridiculous study, huh?  Another way to beat depression would be to STOP living on your cell phone, stop the tweets, stop the texting and get outside and live a little.   Here’s a study that connects texting with depression and anxiety.   So who is right?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]