Feeling blue? Google is phasing in a short quiz users can take to figure out if they're facing depression.
One in five Americans will experience an episode of clinical depression in their lifetime, Mary Giliberti, the group's CEO, writes in a blog post on Google.
The search giant wants people with depression to seek treatment and will prompt United States users when they search for depression-related terms: "Check if you're clinically depressed".
"By tapping "Check if you're clinically depressed", you can take this private self-assessment to help determine your level of depression and the need for an in-person evaluation".
Google has rolled out a new feature to help people diagnose if they are clinically depressed or not. For the initiative, the search giant also partnered with US-based mental health organization National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). And most people who do show signs such as anxiety and fatigue wait an average of six to eight years before receiving help. This panel gives information regarding clinical depression and has a button which says "Check if you're clinically depressed". However, it could encourage people to recognize symptoms and access local resources.
So now, if you feel like asking Google about depression, rest (more assured) that you'll land a legitimate answer. It remains unclear if other mental illnesses will receive their own questionnaires in the near future or if non-U.S. residents will soon receive the quiz. For example, the questionnaire Google is using is a "really useful clinical screening instrument"; however, it probably wasn't created to be used in a random population but rather in clinical and medical settings, he said.
What makes the PHQ-9 such an attractive tool is that not only is it simple and accurate, but it can be administered several times in order to see whether someone's depression after receiving treatment has improved or worsened.
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