SNS Based Predictive Model for Depression

  • Jamil Hussain
  • Maqbool Ali
  • Hafiz Syed Muhammad Bilal
  • Muhammad Afzal
  • Hafiz Farooq Ahmad
  • Oresti Banos
  • Sungyoung Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9102)


Worldwide the Mental illness is a primary cause of disability. It affects millions of people each year and whom of few receives cure. We found that social networking sites (SNS) can be used as a screening tool for discovering an affective mental illness in individuals. SNS posting truly depicts user’s current behavior, thinking style, and mood. We consider a set of behavioral attributes concerning to socialization, socioeconomics, familial, marital status, feeling, language use, and references of antidepressant treatments. We take advantage of these behavioral attributes to envision a tool that can provide prior alerts to an individual based on their SNS data regarding Major Depression Disorder (MDD). We propose a method, to automatically classify individuals into displayer and non-displayer depression using ensemble learning techniquefrom theirFacebook profile. Our developed tool is used for MDD diagnosis of individuals in additional to questioner techniques such as Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and CESD-R.


Mental illness Depression Social networking sites Facebook Content analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jamil Hussain
    • 1
  • Maqbool Ali
    • 1
  • Hafiz Syed Muhammad Bilal
    • 1
  • Muhammad Afzal
    • 1
  • Hafiz Farooq Ahmad
    • 2
  • Oresti Banos
    • 1
  • Sungyoung Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer EngineeringKyung Hee University Seocheon-dongGiheung-gu, Yongin-siRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science, College of Computer Sciences and Information Technology (CCSIT)King Faisal UniversityAlahssaKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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