Published: Fri, August 25, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

New Google test to help diagnose depression

New Google test to help diagnose depression

For mobile users who go to Google's homepage and type terms like "clinical depression", the search engine will now offer a screening questionnaire to help determine if they are experiencing symptoms of depression.

The need for making the test available on Google Search stems from the fact that only 50% of people suffering from clinical depression actually get help, according to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the USA based agency, which has been assisting people with mental illness and depression for years.

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

According to Mary Giliberti, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance of Mental Illness, it take nearly six to eight years to diagnose that one is suffering from clinical depression.

When a person searches for "clinical depression", the PHQ-9 suggestion appears in the search results page's "Knowledge Panel", found in the top portion of the page that usually displays basic information on the topic searched.

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Google teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a nationwide grassroots mental health advocacy group, to launch their depression-focused Knowledge Panel. The average delay from the onset of symptoms to getting treatment is 6 to 8 years, she says.

A mobile search for "depression" or "clinical depression" will bring up an option to "check if you are clinically depressed".

NAMI is considered the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization. But Google's use of the questionnaire will probably have more of a positive impact than a negative one, he added. Users will then be directed to a list of multiple choice questions, which, when answered, will indicate if the person needs help.

The test asks about such items as energy, appetite and concentration levels. "Untreated depression is associated with the risk of suicide, so this is a public health concern".

The hope is that by making the questionnaire prominent online, it'll help more people become aware of their own affliction, and hopefully seek medical treatment.

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