If you ever google depression. You will get more search results
If you search depression on google you seen something new .Now search engine will feature a gold standard questionnaire, which is created in partnership with the National alliance on Mental Illness ,that will help the users of google whether of not they might have the mental health condition.
After this week ,users will be prompted with a clinically – based “PHQ-9 test” at the top of search results. If they choose to take the test ,they will be asked standard depression assessment questions ,like how much they feel interest or pleasure in doing things or if they have any trouble concentrating.
It is not a surprise that the company is taking this initiative . Google stated that it wants to concentrate more on the health and wellness space. Just this month the company invested in a startup that turn smartphones into health diagnostic tools. It has long been the case that many people turn to the search engine for health information and research shows the number of people searching for health – related inquires online is only growing.
For NAMI , the partnership with google on this test is an opportunity for mental health awareness, ken Duckworth, medical director of NAMI told Huffpost.
“We want to get this information into people’s hands …..so they can know if they should get evaluated ,” Duckworth said .”Knowing that PHQ-9 score can help with that.”
In other words we can say ,they offering clinical information developed by experts rather than relying on search results, which can help peoples to get proper information.
According to statistics that those who have symptoms of depression experience an average of a 6-8 years delay in getting treatment after the onset of symptoms .we believe that awareness of depression can help empower and educate you enabling quicker access to treatment.
The tool is useful to help dicover the people if they are experience symptoms of depression ,its important to keep in mind that Googling something should never replace seeing a doctor. It is a first step – not a substitute for an official diagnosis.
Depression is a public health crisis that many people don’t seek help for and many people don’t know that they were walking with it.