Young people ‘copy’ mental disorders because of Tiktok videos

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Autism, ADHD, Tourette’sYoung people ‘copy’ mental disorders because of Tiktok videos

The term “mental health” is often understood in the opposite way. Videos documenting mental disorders are trending on Tiktok. Its consumption could have a negative effect on young people.

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Videos about ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder, are among the most watched on Tiktok.

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Experts note that viewers of such videos could

Experts note that viewers of such videos could “copy” mental illness.

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The renowned

The renowned “British Medical Journal” suspects that “social contagion” is behind this phenomenon.

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That’s about all

  • The term “mental health” is ubiquitous and often misunderstood.

  • Adolescents are confronted with this on social networks, and thus psychological problems appear more and more among them.

  • Mental illnesses are ‘copied’ and recognizing this is a challenge for professionals.

The term “mental health” has become ubiquitous in Western societies. It describes mental health – i.e. a person’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. The topic is now so pervasive that experts perceive a negative effect on young people like them Write Tamedia newspaper.

The term “mental health” is primarily used for the negative, so the meaning of the term has been reversed. Many see it as mental illness rather than mental health. There are reports of psychologists meeting with patients who explain that they suffer from “mental health”.

Videos about ADHD are trending on Tiktok

Those with disabilities would understand it to mean a motley mix of different mental illnesses and disorders that are mostly talked about on social media. There are various channels on various online platforms where people document their mental illnesses and even provide information about their mental state in real time. Mental health content is particularly popular with young people. Count on Tiktok Videos about ADHDAttention Deficit Disorder, among the most watched.

The newspaper Tamedia researched that in June 2021 the hashtag had 4.1 billion hits worldwide, in March 2022 it was already 5.6 billion. In total, videos about autism, ADHD and all kinds of mental disorders have been viewed more than 50 billion times in the spring of 2022.

Kerstin von Plessen is a senior physician in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Lausanne University Hospital. That’s what they focus on Tourette syndrome specialized. A professor in Switzerland has observed an unusual increase in young women between the ages of 14 and 17 with tic-like symptoms. What is remarkable about this is that only one percent of the population suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, and the majority are boys with so-called tics. In addition, the disease manifested itself mainly between the third and eighth years. However, many girls who suddenly notice that they blink violently or have strange shoulder movements are not in this age group and have never shown any signs of it before.

a challenge for professionals

The renowned “British Medical Journal” suspects a “social contagion” behind this phenomenon – via social media. Anyone who keeps getting the symptoms described in mental health videos will eventually develop them – even if the condition is very rare. Oliver Bilke-Hentsch is an expert on social media consumption that causes illness and is the lead physician of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service in Lucerne. “Diseases have always copied each other,” he says. But the technical possibilities are new, because Instagram and Tiktok would be perfect for this: “You will get an immediate reaction there, mostly positive, namely in the form of attention.”

Neither Kerstin von Plessen nor Oliver Bilke-Hentsch would deny that the girls do suffer from a mental disorder. Just not the one they pretend or take for granted. Like scratching, imitation tics are “more of an anxiety disorder.” But even for professionals who are disabled asking for help, it is difficult to find out.

You or cap Does someone you know have a mental illness?

For Mente Sana, Tel. 0848 800 858

Kinderseele Schweiz, counseling for mentally stressed parents and their relatives

Postpartum Depression Association, tel. 044 720 25 55

Relatives.ch, advice and contact points

VASK, regional association for relatives

For the youth Council for Children and Youth, phone number 147

offered his hand concern hotline Tel. 143

Anxiety and Panic Help Switzerland, tel. 0848 801 109

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