Depression Screening Test to Become Part of Google Search Tool

Depression Screening Test to Become Part of Google Search Tool

One-fifth of Americans have experienced a depression episode, but only half of them get treatment, notes Mary Giliberti, CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in a blog. Google creating this easy-access tool is a step in the right direction, explains the NAMI post, because this questionnaire is the first step toward having an honest conversation with your doctor and receiving an accurate diagnosis.

Google is using its algorithms to track people who search for the term "clinical depression" and plans to present them with helpful information along with asking them to check for clinical depression.

Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness have teamed up to connect users with help in combating depression.

The Knowledge Panel that pops up on the Google search provides information on the signs and potential treatments for depression.

The feature, now available only on Google mobile searches, is based on the PHQ-9 screening tool - which doctors have used for 18 years to help diagnose mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

"Statistics show that those who have symptoms of depression experience an average of a 6- to 8-year delay in getting treatment after the onset of symptoms", according to Giliberti. "We hope that by making this information available on Google, more people will become aware of depression and seek treatment to recover and improve their quality of life", NAMI said.

What makes this innovation even more unbelievable is that it caters to the very basic problem associated with clinical depression: people don't want to talk about it or do not realise it or in the worst cases, refuse to accept it.



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