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RSDD-Time: Temporal Annotation of Self-Reported Mental Health Diagnoses

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Authors: Sean MacAvaney, Bart Desmet, Arman Cohan, Luca Soldaini, Andrew Yates, Ayah Zirikly, Nazli Goharian

Appeared in: Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology (CLPsych @ NAACL 2018)

DOI 10.18653/v1/W18-0618 DBLP conf/acl-clpsych/MacAvaneyDCSYZG18 ACL W18-0618 arXiv 1806.07916 Google Scholar 7wWfoDgAAAAJ:zYLM7Y9cAGgC Semantic Scholar 8bf7edbcd15359661229cb35ed91a8a1bb995724 smac.pub clpsych2018-rsddtime


Self-reported diagnosis statements have been widely employed in studying language related to mental health in social media. However, existing research has largely ignored the temporality of mental health diagnoses. In this work, we introduce RSDD-Time: a new dataset of 598 manually annotated self-reported depression diagnosis posts from Reddit that include temporal information about the diagnosis. Annotations include whether a mental health condition is present and how recently the diagnosis happened. Furthermore, we include exact temporal spans that relate to the date of diagnosis. This information is valuable for various computational methods to examine mental health through social media because one's mental health state is not static. We also test several baseline classification and extraction approaches, which suggest that extracting temporal information from self-reported diagnosis statements is challenging.

BibTeX @inproceedings{macavaney:clpsych2018-rsddtime, author = {MacAvaney, Sean and Desmet, Bart and Cohan, Arman and Soldaini, Luca and Yates, Andrew and Zirikly, Ayah and Goharian, Nazli}, title = {RSDD-Time: Temporal Annotation of Self-Reported Mental Health Diagnoses}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology}, year = {2018}, url = {https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.07916}, doi = {10.18653/v1/W18-0618}, pages = {168--173} }