Frequently Asked Questions About Social Media And Depression

There is no stopping the internet in today’s generation. Everything about a person’s life is, in fact, visible on social media. Almost all individuals post and share their stories with the hope of influencing others. There is nothing wrong with that, though. Anyone can do whatever they desire as long as they are happy with what they do. Unfortunately, despite the benefits of social engagements in social media, a lot of individuals are getting more affected emotionally and mentally. It is not because they are not socially active or anything, but because too much of everything is out in the open, and not everyone can handle it.

Social media has been a place where people’s issues build up. There are insecurities, jealousy, rejection, impulsiveness, violence, cyberbullying, emotional torture, lies, and too many expectations. With all those negative things going around, people’s mental health has a hard time keeping up with what genuinely matters in life – true happiness.

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Behind The Captivating Stories And Pictures

As we all can agree, not all the things we see in social media are, in fact, the truth. Some are fake content, and people are only using such platforms to gain fame and money. Some use social media to gather attention, while others rely on its availability for the sake of validation. But what is more damaging is the effect of social media on those individuals who already put their lives on it. Those are the people who cannot identify reality from fantasy. It is such a shame that social media has become one of the main sources of emotional and mental health problems despite bridging the gap between people. Understanding more of its negative effects are the frequently asked questions below.

How does social media addiction cause depression? 

Using social media more often causes a lot of mental health-related issues. Teenage and young adult users substantially experience unbalanced emotional and mental health, including feelings of dissatisfaction, inadequacy, and isolation. In turn, these feelings negatively affect their mood and aggravate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Based on a daily dose of high expectations and out-of-reach life standards, social media is killing people’s happiness in life. It ruins satisfaction and contentment by somehow promoting lies and deception.

 What percent of depression is caused by social media? 

In several recent studies, social media causes negative effects on a person’s well-being, particularly depression and anxiety. There is a 13 to 66 percent or even higher rate of reported mental health problems than those who spent less time with social platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

 How do social media help mental health? 

Social media is an excellent platform that offers people the chance to connect with others despite being far away from each other. Often, it serves as an outlet for those with mental illnesses to express themselves without revealing their identities. There is enough anonymity that takes away the stress and pressure of judgment and criticism of others. Social media allows individuals to develop their self-awareness and improve self-expression.

Looking thoroughly, social media intends to put an end to social isolation. But unfortunately, some individuals are using it the other way around. That instead of taking advantage of its purpose for self-expression, social media becomes their escape for hiding what they genuinely think and feel.

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 Do social media cause depression in youth? 

While social contributes to a certain number of benefits, too much of it still damages mental and emotional health, particularly in youths. Usually, social media makes teenagers live in a different world. They tend to experience feelings of self-doubt, insufficiency, discontentment, and isolation. These emotions trigger the warning signs of depression and often lead to self-inflicting harm and even suicide.

 Which country has the highest depression rate? 

The World Health Organization (WHO) listed Ukraine, Colombia, the Netherlands, and the United States as the country with higher prevalence estimates of depression. Meanwhile, Asian countries, particularly Japan, are considered the least depressed country with a diagnosed rate of individuals of less than 2.5 percent of the whole population.

 How is social media bad for you? 

With the booming of new technology, there is still little research to establish and determine the long-term consequences of too much technological use, particularly with social media. That is because multiple studies show a strong link between heavy usage of social media and an increased risk of mental illness such as loneliness, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts.

Honestly, from a wider perspective, social media is not that bad. There are tons of benefits to using it. However, to some people dealing with mental health issues, social media can be dangerous as it can trigger even unnoticeable depressive symptoms.

 How social media affects your brain? 

Social media affects the brain differently. A great example is the brain chemicals’ stimulation when a person posts a picture and gets positive social feedback. There is the release of dopamine that rewards the behavior and carries on social media habits. Thus, this particular increase in brain chemical levels results in much the same way that addiction works with things like shopping, alcohol, drugs, and gambling.

 Does social media make us lonely? 

Few pieces of data link social media to loneliness. That is among heavy social media users, particularly teenagers who often think their lives are not as perfect as others. Social media can change the way people integrate their decision-making skills into their existing lives, which impacts isolation and loneliness. These may include online spaces that are often oriented to status, performance, exaggerating favorable yet unrealistic qualities.

 Why is social media bad for teens? 

Too much use of social media can be dangerous and unhealthy for teens. The habit has been linked to feelings of inadequacy, envy, and less satisfaction with life because of some unrealistic representation of what life should be all about. Teens are more concerned with what other people think, making them even more susceptible to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Social media’s negative impact on teens usually ends up with an increased level of self-doubt, a possible implication of self-harm, and constant thoughts of suicide.

 How long do teens spend on social media? 

American teenagers usually spend an astonishing nine hours a day with their digital devices. These kids entertain themselves by listening to music, streaming videos, playing games, and watching movies. But more than half of 54 percent of teens, particularly 12- to 15-year-olds, spend too much time on their cellphones browsing social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. These teens are the ones that are twice as likely to experience loneliness, anxiety, depression, isolation, or anti-social behavior.

 What is a healthy screen time per day? 

Experts recommend that teens and adults should spend at least two hours a day for an acceptable amount of screen time. No screen time or digital use should be given to children under two years old, and only an hour a day for kids 2 to 12 years old.

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 What are the symptoms of too much screen time? 

Too much screen time’s negative side effects include physical strain to your eyes and body, increased risk of obesity, sleep deprivation, and impaired socializing skills. It also contributes to chronic health conditions, weakened emotional judgment, and delayed learning in young children. In some instances, it also leads to attention problems, anxiety, and depression.

 Is Screen time linked to depression?

Youth’s increasing depressive symptoms can be associated with many things. However, increased screen time is generally linked to progressively inferior psychological well-being. Rather than alleviate negative thoughts and feelings, an individual often feels more anxious, depressed, or lonely after spending too much time with social media.

 Does screen time affect mental health? 

A study found that the relations between screen time and mental health diagnoses, particularly depression and anxiety, occur with young people who spent seven hours or more a day on their screens. These kids are more likely to get easily distracted, become less emotionally stable, often experience difficulties finishing tasks, and find it difficult to make friends.

 Why is technology bad for your mental health?

Technology itself is not bad for people’s mental health. Instead, it is the usage that makes things more complicated. The relationship between technological use and both physical and mental health outcomes relies solely on digital addiction. Therefore, if individuals will not notice emotional, physical, and mental strain, things can lead to a severe overall health condition.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Warning Depression Signs

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I had been in the digital marketing industry for more than six years now. I started as a content writer for an agency that created websites for different companies. After a couple of years, I applied to another agency to become a social media manager. A few years later, I felt like I had the necessary connections and knowledge to open my own digital marketing firm, and I did it.

Many people praised my decision to do so. Most of them said that it would mean an addition to the handful of lady bosses in the industry. After all, even though it was about marketing products and services, it was still a male-dominated career. Some folks admired my guts, considering I did not have formal training as a digital marketer. They were correct about that – I learned everything through experience. Others would even jokingly ask me, “How can I be like you, Andrea?”

I would smile in reply and talk about the importance of having a competitive team to back you up to all these. It was mostly true – I might have gotten nowhere if I hired people who did not know what I asked them to do. As for the last question, when it was only my husband and me, I would answer, “Try dealing with depression and using digital marketing to save your butt.”

Opening My Version Of Pandora’s Box

It was in middle school when my sleeping and eating patterns began to shift. My parents maintained that I should sleep at nine o’clock on school days so that I would look – and think – my best in the morning. I followed that rule like any obedient daughter would for a few months. However, the more rigid my lessons became, the harder I found it to fall asleep quickly. Because of that, I turned to reading my favorite book series – Harry Potter

Whenever my parents would close my bedroom door, I would keep my eyes closed until I hear theirs close as well. Then, I would jump out of my bed to get a book from the series and read until three o’clock in the morning. I could sleep for three hours after that before Mom would wake me up to prepare for school. 

I did that secret routine up to high school. By that time, I was already a fast reader to the extent that I could finish a 300+-page book in less than six hours every night. When I got slightly bored with the Harry Potter series, I moved on to the Twilight Saga, which is supposed to be a long read, too. My friends envied me for having such skill and not getting caught by my parents once.

When I went off to college, I agreed to take up Chemistry, even though I wanted to take up Communications. I excelled at sciences, and I honored my parents’ words that I could still go to writing workshops if I wanted to be a writer later. As expected, the more semesters I dealt with, the more challenging my classes became. In my third year, I already lost complete interest in Chemistry and asked my parents if I could shift courses, but they said no. “Finish Chemistry first, then we’ll talk about that,” Dad said firmly.

Being stuck in classes that I did not care for and resenting my parents for not listening to what I wanted me to do in life caused me to slip into depression. I lived in the dorms, so it was easy to skip classes or pretend I was in one when Mom or Dad called. I would still go to class sometimes, but that’s only to take exams. This new routine went on even to the next semester, though I didn’t go to classes at all. I also shut my friends/classmates out and didn’t answer calls from anyone.

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How did I not end up killing myself, you might ask?

I was on the verge of doing that, frankly speaking. I would not sleep or eat for as long as I could. It’s not that I did not want to sleep or eat; it’s just that the voices inside my head were somewhat paralyzing. I would try to decipher them in the morning, and then I would eventually realize that the day passed me by already. The only way to lessen the noise was to write my problems in a notebook until they stopped. 

After doing that for a couple of weeks, I found the courage to talk to my parents about everything. I expected them to disown me, but I was surprised when they both hugged and apologized to me for going through that on my own. I shed buckets of tears that day, too, since I felt a heavy weight lifted off my chest. Then, when they asked what I wanted to do, I said that I wanted to try writing for a living. As people said, the rest became history.

Talking About Depression

I still find it challenging to talk about depression in person, but I would love to use this chance to write about it instead.

What is the most reliable symptom of depression? 

 Among the most reliable symptoms of depression is hopelessness. 

What are the four major causes of depression? 

  • It is in your genes.
  • You have experienced some form of abuse.
  • You are dealing with chronic physical illness.
  • A loved one passed away.

What are the early warning signs in mental health? 

  • The dramatic or constant change in your sleeping, thinking, and eating patterns
  • Lack of interest in activities or people you used to be unable to live without
  • Significant performance slump
  • Poor concentration or logic
  • Getting hurt by everything
  • Thinking that everyone is against you
  • Lack of sense of reality
  • Peculiar behavior

What are the signs of poor mental health? 

  • Excessive worrying
  • Poor decision-making
  • Easily overwhelmed
  • Easily distracted
  • Increased sensitivity

What are the five signs of mental illness? 

  • You get paranoid and worry too much about everything.
  • You feel sad or irritated for an extended period.
  • Your mood hits the extremes often.
  • You withdraw from your friends, family, and society.
  • Your sleeping and eating patterns have been erratic.

What are the four types of depression? 

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder (PDD)
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

What is the biggest cause of depression? 

 Abuse is the primary cause of depression.

Does depression count as a disability? 

 Yes, depression counts as a psychiatric disability.

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What are the seven types of mental disorders? 

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Post-traumatic disorders
  • Dementia

What’s a mental breakdown? 

 A mental breakdown is a term that people use to describe when a person succumbs to emotional or psychological stress. 

How do I know if I’m bipolar? 

Bipolar disorder symptoms are divided between mania and depression.

Manic Signs:

  • You feel “high” for hours or days, even if you have not taken substances.
  • You do not feel the need to sleep at all.
  • You talk as quickly as your mind races.
  • You want to act on every idea that comes to mind.
  • You cannot focus on a specific activity.
  • You get too confident.
  • You welcome risky – borderline life-threatening – activities.

Depressive Signs:

  • You feel sad, hopeless, and discouraged for a long time.
  • You refuse to meet your loved ones.
  • You no longer enjoy your favorite activities.
  • You either overeat or don’t eat at all.
  • You always feel exhausted.
  • You cannot recall or decide on anything.
  • Your mind gets preoccupied with suicidal thoughts.

What is Stage 4 mental illness? 

 Reaching Stage 4 of any mental illness entails dealing with severe symptoms that most likely affect your functioning and relationships.

Is overreacting a mental illness? 

 No, overreacting is technically not a mental illness but a symptom of one – particularly bipolar disorder.

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What is poor mental health?

Poor mental health is characterized by an individual’s inability to process situations without feeling tired, angry, sad, unhappy, or stressed.

Final Thoughts

The takeaway from this blog is that depression is supposed to be seen as a life challenge, not the end of everything. If I managed to surpass it and find success in life, anyone could do it. The key is to be honest about your mental health to the people you love.