Cartoon of the Week: Google to offer a diagnostic test for depression

Google is getting more and more involved in our life and this time it wants to know about people’s mental health.

The search giant has recently partnered with the US National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in order to help you monitor your mental health.

Google has rolled out a tool that is intended to let people know if they’re suffering from depression, using  a clinically validated test called PHQ-9. The assessment asks you several questions related to your energy, appetite, concentration levels, and other things.

“By tapping “Check if you’re clinically depressed,’ you can take this private self-assessment to help determine your level of depression and the need for an in-person evaluation,” NAMI explained.

Is Google playing doctor now?

NAMI stated that, “While this tool can help, it’s important to note that PHQ-9 is not meant to act as a singular tool for diagnosis,” but if PHQ-9 shows possible depression, you can get the right help more quickly by scheduling a more informed conversation with your doctor.

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