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Google invites United States users to check if they're clinically depressed - RT Viral

25 August 2017

Now whenever a user searches for "clinical depression" on Google on mobile, they'll see a "Knowledge Panel" which will give them an option to check if they're clinically depressed via an online questionnaire. Since 2012, Google has been updating these cards to help the users.

Users searching for depression will be prompted to "check if you're clinically depressed". "When you Google 'depression" in the United States, you will see a box atop the results on mobile, which Google calls a Knowledge Panel".

In addition to web results, the term "depression" yields a box (dubbed a Knowledge Panel) with information on depression, related symptoms, and potential treatments, like therapy or antidepressants.

The PHQ-9 questionnaire is anonymous and clinically validated to test a person's likely level of depression, though Nami warns it's "not meant to act as a singular tool for diagnosis". "The results of the PHQ-9 can help you have a more informed conversation with your doctor", according to a statement issued by Google from NAMI.

Although the condition is very common, only about half of those with depression actually receive clinical treatment.

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According to Forbes, Google's records reveal 5 percent of searches are related to health.

And it affects more than 15 million American adults (approximately 6.7 percent of the US adult population) each year.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that around 16 million adults in the U.S. have at least one major bout of depression per year, that's nearly 7 percent of the total population.

The tool asks questions about a person's mood, energy level, feelings of hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts, among other symptoms.

Dr. Katy Kamkar, a psychologist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, says the questionnaire can be useful in raising awareness of mental health. Once you do, scroll down until you see the info card and press on "Check if you're clinically depressed". Digital media now provides new ways to distribute information, and gather it, for youth and disenfranchised populations that may not have independent access to mental health resources.

Google invites United States users to check if they're clinically depressed - RT Viral