While social media can help people feel less alone, using it to evaluate symptoms has several downsides. The social media platform has become the psychiatrist’s couch for Gen Z.
Videos revolving around mental illness have racked up billions of views on the platform, causing young people to self-diagnose.Therapists and doctors warn there has been a sharp increase of teens self-diagnosing mental health disorders from ADHD to depression and Tourette Syndrome. Now, mental health professionals say they’re seeing TikTok-users, especially teens and young adults, self-diagnosing in videos about mental health disorders like anxiety or ADHD.
. A new class of social influencers has been forming, controversially, to help others self-diagnose personality disorders.
Experts warn about another newer TikTok trend that encourages young people to diagnose themselves with rare personality disorders.News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication. Peppy influencers are sharing checklists of symptoms for OCD, dissociative identity disorder, autism and more, says the Financial Times’ Hannah Murphy.
. While it’s safe to say that many of us have — at one point or another — scared ourselves by browsing WedMD while sick, TikTok has recently emerged as another platform that leads to self-diagnosis. In a new report by The Wall Street Journal , there has been a recent uptick in the number of U.S. adolescents diagnosing themselves with rare mental disorders such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) and dissociative identity disorder (DID). Only an estimated 1.4% of American adults have BPD, while 1% or less experience DID. Despite the rarity of these disorders, there’s a plethora of TikTokers exploring these topics. Whether sharing their own experiences with DID or listing out common characteristics of BPD , TikTok users have easy access to content that’s centered on these disorders. With the emergence of this trend, problems arise once teens begin diagnosing themselves with mental disorders after being exposed to this type of TikTok content. “It can be tricky. Women are self-diagnosing themselves with neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD after watching viral TikTok videos and experts have mixed opinions.Mamamia speaks to an expert.
TikTok and social media can distort mental health information for teens
Teens, just like adults can find themselves scrolling through video after social-media video. The billion — yes billion — users on TikTok are primarily teens and some mental health professionals have stated the platform is negatively impacting the mental health crisis. TikTok: How is it harming child and adolescent mental health?. COVER STORYFaryal couldn’t get good grades in her A levels so now her mother is extremely worried about her future. She waits outside a psychiatry clinic at a private hospital with her daughter and shares her concern, “With no A grades, I. ‘I would watch all these videos and be like: Oh, that’s me!‘. A psychologist reveals how social media is literally making teens mentally ill.
. Social media addiction and Internet addiction are not official diagnoses, but this self-test is designed to flag problematic and risky Internet use among adolescents.A new group of social media stars are surging on TikTok: Mental health influencers.TikTok stars Bill Lyons, Jessay Martin, Robert Reeves, and Mick Peterson entertain and educate their millions of fans.Psychologists are raising the alarm over the mental health impact TikTok is having on its users, particularly adolescents, as they notice a rise in people self-diagnosing with rare mental disorders and waves of teens presenting with identical “tics” seen on popular TikTok accounts.