Are you depressed?
Today in, You Can Ask Google Literally Anything: Am I Clinically Depressed?
Google has partnered with National Alliance on Mental Illness to help folks determine if they are clinically depressed. They hope this will not only raise awareness, but also encourage treatment.
OR SO THEY SAY.
From The Google:
The clinically-validated questionnaire, called PHQ-9, is a private self-assessment that will provide a score indicating the severity of the user’s depression. Google says the information will not be recorded or shared. Rather, the goal is for the results of the test to be shared with the user’s doctor to inform further conversations about diagnosis and treatment.
Now, I'm not saying Google lies, but I searched the following:
Am I Depressed?
And here's what I got:
And finally, this:
Now, I'm not saying Google is lying. I'm just saying, if I WERE depressed, that search did not help me.
Maybe Google already knows I'm depressed?
Either way, this is another in an attempt for Google to (ostensibly) be helpful, which I do applaud (even if it failed miserably in this instance).