Google's United States search results will let people check if they're depressed

Google's US search results will let people check if they're depressed

Use Google search to see if you might need to talk to someone about your depression

Google has collaborated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on this project, the Verge reported. It said the assessment can help people have more informed conversations with doctors.

But first, what is the PHQ-9?

On tapping the button, it redirects the user to a questionnaire which has nine questions to diagnose the problem.

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

So, how do you take the test? However, the NAMI importantly reminds users that the PHQ-9 is not a "singular tool for diagnosis".

So how helpful could this be?

According to NAMI, clinical depression is common condition with nearly one in five Americans experiencing the symptoms in their life.

Clinical depression is treatable and NAMI believes that the questionnaire will help to educate and inform people about the condition so that they can seek treatment and improve their quality of life.

Following the high-profile suicides of musicians Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, more people are openly discussing the dangers of depression and why the symptoms shouldn't be ignored.

Wait, will Google hold onto this medical information? If you're wondering what the dips are, a lot of them are Saturdays.

Another study on more than 1,000 teens, published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, found that teens who overuse the internet are roughly 2.5 times more likely to develop depression than teens who don't overuse it. Rolling out over the next few days in the USA, if you Google "depression" or "clinical depression" you will be offered a diagnostic test to see if you are depressed.

"The privacy and security of our users is of the utmost importance".

The tech firm said it recognized that the information was "sensitive and private", and that it would not store the responses.

Still, Hellerstein had several questions about Google's use of the screening device.

Cadrecha told Ladders that "given the sensitivity of the subject matter (health), ads are not tailored to your responses to the PHQ-9 screening tool".

According to a blog post detailing the partnership, Google explained that searching "clinical depression" on its website will prompt a Knowledge Panel to appear, which will provide general information on the definition of depression, symptoms and treatments.

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