Young people “copy” mental disorders through Tiktok videos


Autism, ADHD, TouretteYoung people “copy” mental disorders through 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 viewed on Tiktok.

Videos about ADHD, attention deficit disorder, are among the most viewed on Tiktok.

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Experts point out that viewers of such videos could

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

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The recognized

The renowned “British Medical Journal” suspects a “social contagion” behind the phenomenon.

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That is all

  • The term “mental health” is ubiquitous and often understood in the opposite way.

  • Teenagers face this on social media and therefore increasingly develop psychological problems.

  • Mental illnesses are “copied” and recognizing this is a challenge for experts.

The term “mental health” has become ubiquitous in Western societies. Describes mental health, that is, the emotional, psychological and social well-being of a person. The issue is now so ubiquitous that experts perceive a negative effect on young people like them Write newspapers Tamedia.

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

Videos about ADHD are trending on Tiktok

Those affected would understand that this means a colorful mix of different mental illnesses and disorders, which are mostly discussed on social media. There are various channels on the various online platforms where people document their mental illnesses and even provide information about their state of mind in real time. Mental health content is particularly popular among young people. It has tiktok Videos on ADHDAttention Deficit Disorder, among the most viewed.

The Tamedia newspapers have investigated that in June 2021 the hashtag had 4,100 million visits worldwide, in March 2022 there were already 5,600 million. In total, videos on autism, ADHD, and all kinds of mental disorders were viewed more than 50 billion times in the spring of 2022.

Kerstin von Plessen is chief physician for child and adolescent psychiatry at the University Hospital Lausanne. she is focused on it Tourette syndrome specialized. The professor noted an unusual increase in young women between the ages of 14 and 17 with tic-like symptoms in Switzerland. What is remarkable about this is that only one percent of the population suffers from Tourette syndrome and most of them are children with so-called tics. In addition, the disease manifested itself mainly between the ages of three and eight years. However, the many girls who suddenly noticed violent blinking or strange shoulder movements were not in this age group and had never shown signs of this before.

challenge for professionals

The renowned “British Medical Journal” suspects a “social contagion” behind the phenomenon, through social networks. Anyone who constantly has the symptoms described in mental health videos will eventually discover them in themselves, even if the disease is very rare. Oliver Bilke-Hentsch is an expert in disease-causing social media consumption and is Chief Medical Officer of Lucerne Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry service. “Diseases have always been copied,” he says. But the technical possibilities are new, because Instagram and Tiktok would be perfect for this: “You get an immediate reaction there, mostly positive, that is, in the form of attention.”

Neither Kerstin von Plessen nor Oliver Bilke-Hentsch would deny that the girls suffered from a mental disorder. But not in the one that they pretend or that seems obvious. Like scratching, mimicked tics are “more of an anxiety disorder.” But even for the experts to whom those affected ask for help, it is difficult to find out.

you or hat Does anyone you know have a mental illness?

Pro Mente Sana, Tel. 0848 800 858

Kinderseele Schweiz, advice for mentally stressed parents and their relatives

Postpartum Depression Association, Tel. 044 720 25 55, tips and contact points

VASK, regional associations of relatives

For young Councils for children and young people, Tel. 147

offered hand, concern hotline, Telephone. 143

Help for anxiety and panic Switzerland, Tel. 0848 801 109

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