The popular search engine Google has come up with a new assessment feature which allows users in the United States to check if they are suffering from depression.
The feature, launched in the US, will provide a screening questionnaire called PHQ-9 when a person Googles the word "depression". It has been clinically validated.
They will also see a box atop the results on the mobile, which Google calls a Knowledge Panel. The box contains information on what depression is, what its symptoms are, and possible treatments.
This feature will take care of the privacy of the users taking this test. It will encourage a person to know more about his condition and seek medical aid."The results of the PHQ-9 can help you have a more informed conversation with your doctor," according to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which partnered with Google on the questionnaire.
Depression is a common illness worldwide that affects more than 300 million people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In this fast paced digital era, more and more people are suffering from this mental problem.
One must try to cope with the problem and come out strongly. We should talk about it with our closed ones rather than suffering all alone.
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