Google: Soon a medical survey on its search engine to diagnose depression ?

An American NGO, National Alliance on Mental Illness, has convinced the web giant to post a clinical test to detect symptoms related to depression.

Nine questions to determine if you need to see a doctor

The association found that lack of information and – even more – disinformation could put some patients with depression at risk. The NGO considers that only 50% of people suffering from depression receive treatment or take care of their disease.

Now, when a US user searches for “depression” on Google, it falls on a quick screening form called “PHQ-9.” Clinically validated, the nine-question test seeks to know if the surfer needs to see a doctor. The web giant has wanted to reassure its users: all the data collected during this test are confidential.