The Impact Of Social Media On Mental Illness And Modern Psychiatry

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Reflect on the impact of Social Media on Mental Illness and modern psychiatry We are currently living in a world that is changing at an unprecedented speed. A world in which not only the technology we utilize on a daily basis is always in an ever-evolving state, but more interestingly, the way in which we use this technology is changing as well. With almost one third of the World’s population actively using Facebook alone every month, we must look beyond the superficial uses of social media as simply tools for talking to friends and family and begin to think about what impact it has on our mental health. In particular, the impact of social media on mental illness and the field of modern psychiatry will be explored. Mental illness is a leading cause of disability worldwide due to the crippling effects of depression, anxiety and low motivation (Kessler et al. 2003). When an individual has been ‘labelled’ as mentally ill, the resulting societal stigma can devastate one’s quality of life. In addition to the stigma, feelings of hopelessness as well as social isolation can lead to increased risk of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, hospitalization, substance use and even suicide. In many cases, there is great difficulty encountered when it comes to psychiatric services trying to reach out to those living with mental illness. This can be due to a multitude of reasons ranging from preferring to be alone and remaining socially isolated to simply not trusting or believing in the

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