Times & Star: Offering Google users depression self-assessment tool ‘may do harm’

Times & Star: Offering Google users depression self-assessment tool ‘may do harm’. “…Simon Gilbody, professor of psychological medicine at the University of York, said the PHQ-9 tool was developed with funding from drugs firm Pfizer and questioned whether it could lead to over-treatment, especially of people whose depression may resolve on its own. Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), he said the chance of receiving a ‘false positive’ from the test was high and some people may actually be suffering from problems other than depression, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.”

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