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New Google Tool Lets People Check If They Have Clinical Depression

New Google Tool Lets People Check If They Have Clinical Depression

The company is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Health to deploy a tool the groups hope will encourage those at risk of depression to seek help, reports Forbes. But, this questionnaire is not supposed to be the only tool used to determine whether somebody is depressed or not and it should be used to motivate people to seek professional medical help.

Don't know if you're clinically depressed or just bummed out?

And if the user clicks on it, he or she will be presented with a private questionnaire.

As a result of a collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a Google search on depression-related questions will show you an option to perform a check. This also aims to encourage those who have never sought treatment to overcome their hesitation.

The need for making the test available on Google Search stems from the fact that only 50% of people suffering from clinical depression actually get help, according to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the USA based agency, which has been assisting people with mental illness and depression for years. NAMI says that around 50% of people who suffer from depression don't ask for help.

"Clinical depression is a very common condition - in fact, approximately one in five Americans experience an episode in their lifetime". He also added that the PHQ-9 score will definitely give a good indication to the people whether to go for depression treatment or not because it is designed by experts and will not confuse them with other regular search results whose information are not always reliable. 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. "Clinical depression is a treatable condition which can impact many aspects of a person's life".