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Social Media Depression

Thursday, October 13th, 2011No Commented
Categorized Under: General Health

At first, it may sound strange and almost laughable; social networking depression. Unfortunately, as the internet age continues to play out, more and more people are actually beginning to suffer depression due to social media usage. In fact, major news outlets such as Fox News, MSNBC, and The Huffington Post have all recently run stories regarding doctors warning of the coming wave of social media depression cases.

Essentially, this type of depression is brought on by the way that social media allows people to be perceived. Many social media sites allow users to post pictures, comments and updates about their lives. Of course, most people only choose to use photos that make them look happy, updates that talk about all of the good things in their lives, and comments that emphasize their friendships, leading people to perceive their lives as great. And speaking of friends, many social media sites also show the number of “friends” a user has, leaving those with fewer friends to question their own status in terms of popularity.

The issue with social media depression is one of human nature. Virtually no one posts pictures or updates depicting the sad, angry, foolish, or depressing times in their lives. Instead, most people will choose to highlight the happy times, leading others to feel inadequate for not being as happy or for not having the life that someone else has. Of course, the truth is that everyone has ups and downs, but as people spend more and more time on social media sites, they can become disillusioned with the reality of the situation.

And while social media depression may be a new trend, it certainly is not a new ailment. Depression brought on by perception accounts for a large portion of all depressive cases. Many people that are depressed, or that are predisposed to depression, compare themselves and their lives to others’ lives. If they feel that they don’t measure up, the depressive symptoms can kick in, leading to isolation, sadness, loneliness, and a host of other problems.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression of any kind, it is important to seek help. Medical professionals are available to offer medications as well as counseling to battle depression, and there are many natural approaches to take as well. Keep in mind that depression is a serious condition and that it is not to be taken lightly and the sooner treatment is sought, the quicker you can start to feel relief.



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