Mental Health Struggles, Society & Social Media
Mental health, despite being talked about more openly and readily, still has a stigma attached to it – even though we have reached the 21st century and one in four people will be affected by poor mental health at some point in their life. With such high statistics, it’s a wonder that a lot of it is still covered up and hidden, but the internet has made it so that more and more information is accessible to us as and when we need it; whether it’s needing to know more about an eating disorder if a family member is suffering or being able to pinpoint why you’re feeling a certain way, or even being able to talk to somebody about how you’re feeling anonymously, there’s no doubting that it has been a vital tool over the years from those whose mental health has been affected.
But has the internet also increased our susceptibility to falling into a bad state of mental health? The research tends to lean towards yes more than no. There are many factors that fall into why this has come to be, which could just give you an answer that you never knew you had the question for.
Social Media – Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy
It’s no secret that social media is dominating the lives of both teens and adults alike. We are more likely to sit behind a screen and chat to our friends via instant messaging than we are to meet up with them nowadays. There is a lot of miscommunication that can happen on these mediums, resulting in a subsequent fallout when words and sentences are misread. How are they resolved? By more texting, more messaging, more snap being sent – rather than a phone call or a confrontation in person. Not only this, but everybody shows only the great sides of their life. New cars, new partners, new jobs; we must all be friends with the luckiest people in the world who only ever have good stuff happen to them. In turn, this can have a negative effect on our own feelings and how we are operating and running our day-to-day lives. Rather than aiming for better and achieving it, we are growing despondent with what we already have, which has a domino effect on our mental health. Depression and anxiety has grown with the use of social media, and there is a clear link between the two. It’s not to say that social media shouldn’t be used for the benefit of your mental health, but taking a break every once in awhile and grounding yourself in the real world can definitely help.
Look At What’s Available To You
It’s okay to admit that you’re not okay. There are so many places that you can seek help online, although it may be better to speak to somebody in person. That way you can effectively get across how you are feeling and they will be able to point you in the right direction concerning what to do. Anxiety can be an extremely debilitating disorder that may stop you from getting the help that you need. There are no words of comfort that can help in some cases, but there is medication that you can get to ease some of the symptoms. A reassuring development that has come about in the past couple of years is that you can reorder your NHS prescription online – which has been a lifeline to those suffering from anxiety that really cannot face waiting in the doctor’s surgery or even picking up the phone to make the call to get the medication that they need. It can be hard to see what’s available to you to help the situation if it’s not presented to you, but in some cases just a little bit of digging needs to be done to get to where you need to be.
Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Out
The more that you talk about what you are going through, the less you are stigmatising what is an extremely common problem. You will find that people will start to reach out to you as well as relaying to you their own accounts of what they have gone through themselves. Mental health isn’t a new thing to be thinking about, and neither is it going to be disappearing any time soon. The more that you speak up about your experiences, the more you are speaking on behalf of a whole host of people who each value what you are doing. It may be that they haven’t reached the stage where they can do what you’re doing yet – and you could be the turning point.