By Jenny Ruiz-Ramos ’19
In the United States, about 18 percent of the population suffers from depression, however, only 36 percent of those afflicted receive treatment.
In an effort to help, Google recently partnered with the National Alliance Mental Institute to provide a test that helps determine someone’s level of depression and to also aid those seeking the best treatment. In a recent blog post, Google described the test as a very helpful tool that would enable people to develop a better quality of life. It could also potentially save lives, especially for people with severe depression and suicidal thoughts.
The way Google plans to implement this test is through the search engine itself. If a user types in the words “depression” or “clinical depression,” the user will be offered a questionnaire that will help to determine whether or not the user should seek help.
The test will acknowledge these symptoms of depression:
- Mood swings
- Excessive sleep or insomnia
- Weight gain or loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Suicidal thoughts
If you are experiencing multiple symptoms, please seek additional help or reach out to: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
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