What Do Google Searches Tell Us About Our Mental Health?

Search engines store so much of our online activity that it’s possible our daily search patterns hold clues to our mental health.

“Google searches can really provide a lens into the way people are thinking and feeling,” Michael Birnbaum, M.D., a psychiatrist and assistant professor at Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, told ABC News.

More and more, online searches are becoming a primary resource for those seeking health-related information. This is especially true when it comes to stigmatized topics such as mental health, and new research suggests this digital data could prove to be an important tool for monitoring mental health monitoring.