Google wants to help the approximately 48 million American adults who live with anxiety-related disorders find support. Starting today, the company's search engine will allow users in the US to complete a Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) questionnaire from home. When you look for information about anxiety, you'll see the seven-question survey appear inside the knowledge panel, the part of the platform's interface that highlights some of the more pertinent facts related to your search query. The clinically-validated survey includes some of the same questions a health professional might ask a patient in person. It is designed to provide perspective to those who feel anxious about how their symptoms compare to ones experienced by other people.
These days one of the first things most young Americans do when they have a question about their mental health isn't call a doctor. According to Forbes, Google's records reveal 5 percent of searches are related to health. So Google is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness for a new feature. Within a few days, US-based people who search for topics related to " depression " via Google's search engine will be prompted to take a clinically approved mental health questionnaire called a PHQ-9. This is a huge step forward, since the Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates only 37 percent of the people suffering from anxiety disorders actually get treatment.
Google's screening tool that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, one expert has warned. Last month, the tech giant released a self-assessment quiz, called the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), which pops up as a result for the search query'Am I depressed?' on a computer or cell phone. Google developed its test in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) but one professor claims that the quiz could just lead to over-treatment of depression amid the US's opioid epidemic. He warns the tool's development was funded by major drug company Pfizer, which profits from the sale of antidepressants. When you type'depression' into Google on your computer or mobile phone, it gives you the option to take its new screening test Google and NAMI both stressed that the results of their test are not an actual diagnosis.
IT'S a tough time to be a teen, with cyberbullying, exam stress and a selfie culture that piles on the pressure to always look good. Perhaps it is little wonder newspaper headlines talk about a burgeoning crisis in our children's mental health. Self-harm and depression are reported to be soaring. A survey by the UK's National Union of Students found eight out of 10 people in higher education say they have had problems with mental health in the past year. Similar fears are being voiced in other countries, including the US and Australia.
Today's fast-paced life has many challenges, which has led to the Millenials being called as the Burnout Generation. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2020, 20% of the Indian population will suffer from mental illnesses. The report also says that by next year, depression will be the second-largest disease burden for the entire world. But now, artificial intelligence is making its presence felt in this sector. For example, researchers at IBM are using transcripts and audio inputs from psychiatric interviews, coupled with machine learning techniques to find patterns in speech.