A Study on Mental Health Discussion through Reddit

Nur Shazwani Kamarudin, Ghazaleh Beigi, Huan Liu

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Abstract

The massive growth of social media for the past few decades has given a new era to the open web. People are using social media to openly share opinions and also discussed sensitive subjects such as mental health. This paper study the online community on the Reddit discussion forum. We focused on studying linguistic behavior in the online mental health community. We report linguistic analysis in order to understand the similarity and differences of each mental health community. We first study the sentiment per each Reddit community and followed by the topic modeling. By using the well-known Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) method, we extract the most discussed topic for each community. By utilizing all related posts from each subreddits in each community, we establish the following exciting insights: (a) We observe that the headline of the post does not indicate the whole content of the discussion post, (b) we found that sentiment across the mental health community was high on positive compared to negative, and (c) topic distribution for each community varies but there exist similarities among them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 International Conference on Software Engineering and Computer Systems and 4th International Conference on Computational Science and Information Management, ICSECS-ICOCSIM 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages637-643
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665414074
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021
Event7th International Conference on Software Engineering and Computer Systems and 4th International Conference on Computational Science and Information Management, ICSECS-ICOCSIM 2021 - Virtual, Pekan, Malaysia
Duration: Aug 24 2021Aug 26 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2021 International Conference on Software Engineering and Computer Systems and 4th International Conference on Computational Science and Information Management, ICSECS-ICOCSIM 2021

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Software Engineering and Computer Systems and 4th International Conference on Computational Science and Information Management, ICSECS-ICOCSIM 2021
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityVirtual, Pekan
Period8/24/218/26/21

Keywords

  • mental health
  • online forum
  • sentiment analysis
  • social network
  • topic modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Software
  • Information Systems and Management

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