The Social Media and Depression
According to Parent, Gobble and Rochlen Facebook is the commonly used platform in the world with 68% adults in the United States by networking and exchanging information on trending news, YouTube as well has over 1 billion users mostly young people between 18 to 49 years, Instagram which is mostly used for posting photos and uploading videos has over 32% adults in the united states, but on average every person has at least 5 accounts on the social media platforms. The major causes of the increased use of the social media is availability of gadgets like phones and laptops that easily access the network sites, to fill up the spare time, to stay up to date with news, current events and what the friends are doing, peer influence, to share photos or videos with others, to research or to meet new people among others.
However, there is a growing concern over the years regarding the relationship between the social media use and depression issues mostly on the young adult population. The higher the number of social media accounts the worst the depression and anxiety, self-esteem issues and bullying. Others effects of social media depression are trouble sleeping due to constant comparison with others, social withdrawal, loss of pleasurable feelings, decreased productivity, a decline in quality of life and overeating leading to obesity. They also involve a psychiatrist to provide consultations and give support to the patient thus improving communication with them. The importance for the sequential screening model for depression is that when its discovered early the treatment of the patient becomes easier and also educating the families on the history.
The care givers actively contact the patients to follow up on the treatment and encourage them to continue with the medication since they might stop medication on their first stages. In case any of the patients fail to attend the checkups the care givers have a role to contact them and follow up on them. This method therefore achieves in helping a large number of social media depression patients off the situation. It’s also free as it does not involve any costs thus its an economical way to manage depression. Exercise is another very effective way of managing social media depression since its benefits are beyond dispute. A research by Yeung et al is that more of than 85% of the physicians see physical exercise as the best treatment for depression.
They emphasize on physical exercise since no chemical medicine is involved and this has been shown as the most efficient way of treating depression for over 25 years of research. It helps in regulating the mood and improving the stability of mind thus attracting positive thinking. This method is also not very effective since its time consuming as the depression patients have to visit the clinic regularly to get screened and monitoring of improvement. Depression management by the care model is also not cost effective since it involves treatment costs by the patient and also cost of inconvenience of regular visits to the clinics. Conclusion In conclusion, it is notable that there is a growing concern over the years regarding the relationship between the social media use and depression issues mostly on the young adult population.
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