5 thoughts on “Mental Health and Social Media

  • July 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    –Currently, stigma is the biggest obstacle to helping the mentally ill and those with addictions, seek help and improve.

    The claim thereof is assuredly a barrier, but fewer and fewer people are makeing or validating the claim.

    The biggest barriers remain education, cost, insurance and availability of help. Some of those barriers are weakening.

    Harold A. Maio
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    • August 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      @Harold A. Maio
      We happen to agree with you. In North American mainstream culture, discussions of mental illness is no longer “hush-hush” or taboo. Your list is pretty thorough (education, cost, insurance and availability of help).
      Richard and C.R.

  • August 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I find the online mental health sites to be very helpful. You can access all kinds of programs like meditation, mindfulness, mood program, positive thinking, etc. It is difficult to get ongoing talk therapy because system is geared to urgent cases and many psychiatrists aren’t taking new patients. My former employer finally got an employee assistance program (EAP) which we could access for free. I have since retired for health reasons. Social media is not that great as I find that comments are often easily misunderstood. It is hard to convey nuance. I was defriended once and it was devastating to me at the time but I recovered and learned a lesson. So I don’t use them any more and have removed or altered my personal info because of privacy concerns. Battling depression is an ongoing task and having sites like this one help alot.

  • August 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I am happy to see some of them because they make available “alternatives” to the normal treatment (medications prescribed without any scientific tests run)for mental “illness”.

  • September 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    While discussions of the misuse of social media are helpful, they miss the point of true addiction.

    People addicted to social media (or video games for that matter) stay up all night checking their Facebook pages; they spend hours just waiting and hoping for something that will move them; they give up social interaction partially or completely so they can stay on their social media pages; and finally, they become angry and depressed if they can’t get to their social media.
    These symptoms are not from overuse or putting too much information on line, they are from addictive behavior much like that for drugs or alcohol (without the physical withdrawl.)
    This isn’t new: slot machines, for example, are tuned to give small intermittent payouts to keep the player involved. For some, this creates an addiction (see Skinner’s “operant conditioning”) that can make them play until they are indigent. Video poker creates the same kind of addiction, the only difference from social media being the nature of the reward.


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