Last Updated Feb 26, 2010 12:07 PM EST
Now, the result for someone indicating no symptoms of depression says:
Lower Risk(You can see a screen grab of the original results page here, and if you're a real HTML geek you'll notice that the old results remain hidden in the page's source coding.)
You replied that you are feeling four or fewer of the common symptoms of depression. In general, people experiencing depression have five or more common symptoms of the condition. But every individual is unique. If you are concerned about depression, talk with your doctor.
While "lower risk" is certainly an improvement for someone indicating no symptoms of depression, WebMD is still gilding the Lilly. Depression isn't something that happy people are likely to catch suddenly, like the flu. It takes a set of serious circumstances, extended over a period of time, to become truly clinically depressed. If you're happy today, your "risk" of being depressed tomorrow is only "lower" in the sense that it's so low it's practically zero.
Sen. Charles Grassley wants the link between WebMD and Lilly investigated because he suspects people may rely on the test, thinking it is objective information when in fact it's sponsored fluff. Lilly funded the test, which was accompanied by ads for its antidepressant pill, Cymbalta.
Hat tip to World of Psychology