Google Now Tells If You Have Depression Or Not By This Simple Test That Also Tells If You Need Help Or Not

  • By Asad Tipu
  • August 25, 2017
  • 3 minutes read

Depression is a difficult to manage and hard to handle illness.

And that’s what it is. An illness. People tend to have perceptions that it’s the victim’s fault, that they put themselves in that position. To an extent, they’re correct. Like how if a person is hit by a car, they’re the ones who put themselves in the position where the car can hit them. But in no way is it the victim’s fault.

And they need help.

Just like the victim of the car accident, people who struggle with mental health issues need help. Medical professionals. Depression isn’t a sad day, or an upset lifestyle. It’s a hot, wet, heavy blanket on your shoulders, carried everywhere you go, and every smile or laugh you share has that twinge of poison that this moment will pass, and you will go back to the dark, suffocating existence you lived before it.

It’s worse when you’re a male.

People, men and women, stifle the emotions and mental health of a man. Society makes them bottle it up to the point that it gets too much, too far, and the only solace they can find is in oblivion. Men commit more suicides. Drastically more. Men are about twice as likely as women to commit suicide. And we as a society are not there for them, neither man nor woman. The only solace they have is in the internet, where no one can see or judge them.

It’s a brand new feature in Google’s search engine.

If anyone in the US uses their phone to search up certain keywords such as “depression” or “clinical depression”, Google will offer them a type of test that will let them know if what they’re feeling is actually something to be concerned about, or merely just a bad day.

Google’s blog states:

“Over the past two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problem?: Little interest or pleasure in doing things.” Wherein you can check: “not at all,” “several days,” “more than half the days,” and “nearly every day.”

They teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Health.

CEO of NAMH, Mary Gilberti, also commented on it.

“Clinical depression is a very common condition — in fact, approximately one in five Americans experience an episode in their lifetime. However, despite its prevalence, only about 50 percent of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment.”

Given how so many people have turned to the internet and social media for their everyday interaction, this program will most likely be of considerable help. It’s not going to cure their depression, but it’s going to help some in the beginning.


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