Social Media Anxiety And Ways To Recover From It

 

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“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.” – Erik Qualman.

Social media is the perfect way to communicate and keep in touch with friends. But the increasing need of being noticed and liked has created a vicious cycle whereby people are falling prey to. The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) or The Fear of Being Online (FOBO) are common concerns that social media creates. Jerry Bubrick, PhD, a clinical psychologist, says “FOMO is really the fear of not being connected to our social world, and that need to feel connected sometimes trumps whatever’s going on in the actual situation we’re in. The more we use social media, the less we think about being present in the moment.”

Different sites facilitating Strangers’ Chat are in trend now which have some obvious adverse effects. https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/chat/theres-no-harm-in-an-online-chat-with-strangers-or-is-there/. People have become so comfortable with virtual conversations that they feel anxious to get into real conversations. “You can certainly sign up as many people as you like, but that doesn’t make them friends. All we are doing is signing up people that we would normally think of as acquaintances in the offline world.” psychologist R.I.M. Dunbar, Ph.D. explains this “adding online friends” event, when a person can’t even have meaningful time with their closest family and friends in reality.

But this only generates from the fact that social media makes a person cut off from all real life communications and one tends to feel lonely. Moreover, “Being bombarded with images of perfection, perfect bodies, perfect make up, perfect faces can leave people feeling quite down about themselves because you’re mislead to believe that this is reality,” says developmental psychologist Stephanie Lau.

There are a lot of patients that need to talk to somebody, “ says Dr. Barnett.

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Avoiding Depression While Supporting A Depressed Person

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We all want to be a support person to others especially for people who are very dear to us like our family and friends. According to Deborah Serani, PsyD, a psychologist who’s struggled with depression herself, “When I was struggling with my own depression, the most healing moments came when someone I loved simply sat with me while I cried, or wordlessly held my hand, or spoke warmly to me with statements like ‘You’re so important to me.’ ‘Tell me what I can do to help you.’ ‘We’re going to find a way to help you to feel better.'” But when times get rough and we want to provide support or take care of them, how do we avoid falling into the trap of developing depression as well? How do we keep our sanity despite the day to day challenge of handling and interacting with them? Here are some of the helpful reminders which can ease up the burden of taking care of people with depression. Continue reading “Avoiding Depression While Supporting A Depressed Person” »

The Stigmas Surrounding Mental Health Disorders

Statistics and information made available by The World Health Organization show that mental health disorders are not uncommon and are widespread, yet, there are a large portion of individuals across the globe with mental health disorders who still fail to seek assistance and support due to the stigmas attached to these disorders. In her dissertation, Alice Lim, PsyD, states that “Stigma is a major barrier to mental health service utilization and treatment adherence.”

Mental health stigmas impose feelings of disgrace, shame on the individuals with these disorders and with the fear of being isolated or disgraced. Having to face judgment by others as well as being isolated by communities result in people not seeking professional assistance or support. According to Patrick W. Corrigan, PsyD, “There are many people who decide never to get treatment even though they would benefit from it. So people who want to avoid labels, avoid treatment so their neighbors don’t see them coming out.” In addition to the challenges of mental health disorders, having to endure the pressure and challenges resulting from these stigmas, while not having access to support will mean the individual will not find the balance needed to maintain good mental health, manage their disease and continue to live a happy, productive life. Continue reading “The Stigmas Surrounding Mental Health Disorders” »