We all use Google for an array of things but do you know it also provides a simple test that can help you determine whether you have depression or not?
If you don’t know, you are not alone as quite a sizable number of people are in the same boat as you.
Whether it’s helping you search for jobs or providing you with information as to how you can bake a cake or even manage your allergies, Google always has your back. With the endless information it provides, Google is taking things a step higher by checking in on your mental health, too.
Google recently teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide mental health services to its users. When someone enters a search for depression content on Google, he or she will receive a prompt to “check if you’re clinically depressed.”
The search platform will then direct him or her to a free screening questionnaire on its site called PHQ-9. Once such persons take the clinically validated test, it will provide a score that ranks the severity of the user’s depression.
According to Google, the results of the simple test will not be recorded or shared anywhere else. Instead, the test is intended to provide valuable insight into the patient’s mental health and inform further conversations with your doctor regarding diagnosis and treatment.
The financial times estimates that about 10 percent of Google searches are health-related. There is no available statistics worldwide but it is believed that less than a third of people with depression seek help worldwide.
While this feature is mostly available to Americans, it is hoped that it will be made available to people worldwide. Clinical depression is a treatable condition which can impact many aspects of a person’s life and the he PHQ-9 can be the first step to getting a proper diagnosis.