Google keeps enhancing its health-related activities and content. Their latest project aims to make it super-easy for mobile users to find out whether they are clinically depressed or not — simply search for "clinical depression" and in the Knowledge Panel tap "check if you're clinically depressed." From there you will be led to the PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire to test what your likely level of depression may be.
This is a private self-assessment that will also determine a potential need for an in-person evaluation. Also, the results of the PHQ-9 can help users have a more informed conversation with your doctor.
To ensure that the information shared in the questionnaire is accurate and useful, Google has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness on this announcement.
It is estimated that approximately one in five Americans experience a clinical depression episode in their lifetime. However, despite its prevalence, only about 50 percent of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment.
Clinical depression is a treatable condition which can impact many aspects of a person's life. The PHQ-9 can be the first step to getting a proper diagnosis.