Having depression? Now Google is able to help diagnose

No one likes to admit that they are suffering from mental illness and recently Google wants to help U.S-based users to make private self-assessment through a clinically verified questionnaire, called PHQ-9. Whenever a user enters a search query related to depression, Google will prompt "Check if you're clinically depressed" link in the search engine result page.

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According to Google, the information will not be recorded and shared with anyone. The questionnaire goal is to allow the user to share the result with their own doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.

At this moment, the questionnaire is available to those in the United States. No indication on when it will be available globally. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans experience depression in their lifetime, but less than half seek treatment.

If you're not in the United States, you still can get help in combating depression.

Personally, I've known two people that committed suicide because of untreated depression. Now with more young people jumping into start-up bandwagon.... the amount of stress caused by inexperience in running a business or failures increases the chance of hitting bottom is high and getting help is the key, not committing suicide.

Talk to someone you trust or your local chapter of Befrienders and with the right treatment, learn how to get over depression.

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By Adam Ng

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