Brits Google 'depression' 27 times a minute

 A new research has recently revealed that Brits Google "depression" 27 times a minute, which means that someone Googles "depression" every two seconds.

ANI| Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015, 19:50 PM IST

London: A new research has recently revealed that Brits Google "depression" 27 times a minute, which means that someone Googles "depression" every two seconds.

New research by the Priory Group has found that word "stress" was searched for 22 times a minute and "anxiety" was typed into the search engine 21 times a minute, the Daily Express reported.

These findings offer an insight into the mental health of the nation, following Office for National Statistics' figures which show that more than 15 million working days per year are lost in sickness absence to stress, depression and anxiety.

An average 1,171,770 searches are made in the UK every month around "depression," 939,820 around "stress" and 907,620 around "anxiety."

In an average month during 2014, 49,500 searches were made by people wanting to take a test to see whether they were depressed.

Dr Jeanette Downie, deputy medical director and consultant psychiatrist at Priory Hospital, Glasgow said the number of people searching for mental health diagnoses online highlighted, in part, the stigma around mental health, which leads people to turn to the internet rather than seek confidential, personalised face-to-face help from an expert.