Google Adds a Depression Screening Tool to Search Results

25 August, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Garry Little
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People who look up depression using Google search on a mobile device will now be offered a questionnaire that will help them assess whether they are clinically depressed.

Google users can now easily screen themselves for depression.

"We believe that awareness of depression can help empower and educate you, enabling quicker access to treatment", she said.

The National Alliance also mentioned that approximately one in five Americans suffer from depression and only 50 percent of the cases are treated.

Users in the United States, who search for "depression, ' can avail information regarding the symptoms and remedies on Google's Knowledge Panel".

For a lot of people, their first port of call is a Google search: terms such as "depression" or "am I depressed" are common.

Google has added a new tool to its search results to help people who may be suffering from depression. But now, people who Google one particular condition - "clinical depression" - on their smartphone will be asked if they would like to check if they're clinically depressed.

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Additionally, knowing that most people with symptoms of depression waiting an average of six to eight years before they get treatment, Google is hoping their assessment will enable people to get treatment faster.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness partnered with Google on the questionnaire, which is known as PHQ-9. It could, however, encourage people to seek help.

Vidushi Tekriwal, Google's product manager, told the Financial Times that questionnaire responses would not be recorded or stored and Google would not target advertising at users based on their answers.

And it affects more than 15 million American adults (approximately 6.7 percent of the US adult population) each year.

Technology giant Google launched a special questionnaire that will assist users in the U.S. suffering from depression.

Depending on the results, you may want to seek an in-person evaluation with a mental health professional. Users have the option of tapping the "Check if you're clinically depressed" link, which will then lead to the test.

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