Google launches its new service to target depression

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According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, people delay an average 6-8 years after the onset of symptoms. In presenting its online tool prepared in cooperation with NAMI, the company aims to encourage more possibly depressed people to seek professional help. Aware of that fact, the company made a decision to partner with the US National Alliance on #Mental illness (NAMI) and has prepared a questionnaire that is aimed to help people determine whether they have symptoms of #Clinical Depression and to seek help if necessary.

When "yes" is clicked, the person is immediately directed to PHQ-9, a questionnaire that clinicians use to help diagnose depression.

Google users in the United States who search for "depression" or "clinical depression" will now be offered a questionnaire to test their depression levels and help determine whether they should seek professional help, Google said in a blog post.

It's not meant to give a complete diagnosis, but Google hopes it will inform and encourage people to talk with their doctors.

The questionnaire asks a user to rate symptoms that include "Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television", and "Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed?"

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Google said that the initiative was developed in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Nowadays, many people are suffering from depression, but only half of them get to receive the treatment they need. It's unclear how much of these are about mental health.

Clinical depression is known to affect 1 in 5 of Americans and individuals with depression symptoms usually wait six to eight years before seeking professional help.

At present, it will only be available to users in the U.S. who search for either "depression" or "clinical depression".

Users will then be prompted to take a PHQ-9, or a Patient Health Questionnaire.