16 Sep Experts Conflicted Over Google’s “Depression Test”
Medical experts seem to be divided on the matter of Google’s initiative to provide a quick online depression screening test.
Users who search using the phrase “am I depressed” or anything similar will be shown a link to a questionnaire used for monitoring depression severity and treatment response. While some argue that the test isn’t meant to be an official diagnosis and might help point respondents to helpful resources, others say that unregulated depression screening may result to overdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
It can also potentially present a data privacy risk, and the data gathered might be used for marketing antidepressants.