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Google Now Helps You Figure Out If You Have Depression

By Jaime Lutz

Google will now give you a short screening questionnaire for depression if you search for "depression" or similar keywords on its mobile platform—though, Google, honestly, you should know I'm depressed just by the amount of times I search for videos of "dogs reuniting with soldiers."

When you search on Google for "depression," a blue "knowledge box" will appear at the top of the search results, including a link encouraging people to "check if you're clinically depressed." Users will then be directed to a clinically valid questionnaire called PHQ-9, which asks you to self-evaluate your energy levels, appetite, and emotions, among other things. I personally was able to take the nine-question test in less than a minute, very convenient.