A client knew her (now) ex-boyfriend’s Facebook password, and used it to login to his account and read all the messages he had sent another woman. She didn’t need the extra incentive to break off the relationship, but that certainly didn’t help.
Another client complains that all of her friends are posting exciting, happy news on their Facebook pages, and she feels like a loser because she doesn’t feel she has anything important to say, keeping her mired in depressive thoughts about the state of her life.
There was a post here on Psych Central a few weeks ago about the impact of social media on kids and adolescents. There’s little argument that adults are affected too, and adults who have depression and anxiety can be even more affected than the general population. If your partner has a mental illness, what should you consider when it comes to social media and their mental health?