Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Google users in United States can now clinically validate depression online

Original image Google's US search results will let people check if they're depressed
Sammy Stanley | 25 August, 2017, 01:22

Side note: Have you noticed that Google's new additions to search results have all been mobile-only as of late?

Selecting the option will direct users to a clinically validated screening questionnaire, called PHQ-9, created to test what a person's level of depression might be.

The PHQ-9 test is a tool that is commonly used for the initial screening of depression, and is highly accurate for assessing whether a person is experiencing depressive symptoms. But Google's use of the questionnaire will probably have more of a positive impact than a negative one, he added. Instead, it can be a first step towards a proper diagnosis, and can help you have a more informed discussion with your doctor.

One sample question reads: "Over the past two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problem?"

Google said those who click through from the search suggestion will see a "Knowledge Panel" which will give you an option to "check if you are clinically depressed".

The series of questions, dubbed the "PHQ-9" test, were developed in partnership with the U.S. The answers remain private and the final score is meant to help users learn more about depression and treatment.

Now, those searching for information about depression on Google will be offered useful, science-backed help.

Although the condition is very common, only about half of those with depression actually receive clinical treatment. If you're wondering what the dips are, a lot of them are Saturdays.

Google, the go-to search engine for over 70 percent of internet users worldwide, has expanded its capability to lend a helping hand to users as it'll now help diagnose depression when someone searches for it.

Wait, will Google hold onto this medical information? Using the results of the questionnaire, an individual can have a more detailed conversion with medical experts.

"The box contains information on what depression is, what its symptoms are, and possible treatments".

She said they "expect this feature to be fully available on mobile on Google by the end of the day".

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