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Google is offering a depression test for mobile users

When you type now a depression-related search term into Google, atop the main results, a  box will pop up, asking “Are you depressed?” If you click “yes,” you’ll be linked to the  PHQ-9, a validated questionnaire that clinicians may use to help diagnose depression.

In  fact, the user in this situation will have to confirm if they have some specific symptoms.  Some questions are like: “Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper  or watching television,” “Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have  let yourself or your family down?” According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness  (NAMI), about 50% of people with depression never seek treatment because they don’t have idea how depression is manifesting in details.

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The hope is that people will fill out the questionnaire and, depending on the results, have more information to share with their  doctors, or perhaps seek treatment. So Google try to help out.”(...) Only about 50 percent  of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment. To help raise awareness  of this condition, we’ve teamed up with Google to help provide more direct access to tools and information to people who may be suffering,” Mary Giliberti, Chief Executive Officer at NAMI explained in the Google blog. After all, this was an idea converted in a tool online and time will prove if it can have real effects. It shows only for mobile users.

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