Following the release of pollen forecasts on Google mobile, the company Wednesday, launched another new Knowledge Panel on its mobile search results, that help you learn more about 'clinical depression' with the PHQ-9 questionnaire.
Now, when a search for "clinical depression" on Google mobile is made, a new Knowledge Panel gives an option to tap "check if you're clinically depressed." When clicked, this new option will take you to PHQ-9, for you to take a private self-assessment to determine your likely level of depression and the need for an in-person evaluation, "if any." Once, assessed, the results of PHQ-9 can help you have a more informed conversation with a doctor.
To help raise awareness of this condition, Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are partnered to priovide the information through PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire.
See the screenshot below to know the tool works:
"You may have noticed that in Google search results, when you search for depression or clinical depression in the U.S., you see a Knowledge Panel for the condition which provides general information about it, the symptoms, and possible treatment options," writes Mary Giliberti of NAMI.
Statistics show that those who have symptoms of depression experience an average of a 6-8 year delay in getting treatment after the onset of symptoms, writes Giliberti. And, since it's 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.
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