Positive Affects of Social Media On Mental HealtH

In this era where it seems as if everyone is busy with their lives, social media often comes to your rescue. It is not just a means of staying connected with friends and family across the globe, but it also helps people deal with conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, and more. I’m sure you see this scenario every day:  You’re out at the mall, eating at a restaurant, or just walking down the street and you notice that many people are looking down at their mobile phones.

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Many of them are viewing social media sites continually because they enjoy the social aspect of them and to be quite honest, some are a bit addicted to them.  Some good news is that research is indicating that social media sites have the ability to lessen loneliness, anxiety, and depression. 

Depression and social media

People suffering from depression need two important things- communication and a safe place to share. There is no better place than social networking sites, as there are millions and millions of people online at all times.

Many people can open up to strangers and virtual friends rather than friends or family. They can relate to them easily, feel accepted, and this can reduce depression symptoms.  

Most people complain their friends or family don’t have time for them. This is where social media like Facebook or Twitter come to help. There is always someone available who is ready to hear all that you have to say.

That person doesn’t need to be your authentic friend; he or she can simply be your virtual friend. At times sharing your grief or complaints can help you deal with depression and anxiety. The best thing about the sites is that your chances of being judged are slim.

You might even come across people who also have similar problem like yours and can help you.

Anxiety and social media

It’s a terrible feeling to feel stuck at home because you are troubled with anxiety when you go out in public or to try to make new friends.  Some people are just more susceptible to anxiety when they have to interact face to face with people. 

Social media sites can give those that struggle with anxiety an avenue in which they can interact with others at a safe distance, thus, reducing anxiety.  There are many people who take advantage of sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. to keep in touch with others and to make new acquaintances. 

When you can feel accepted on a social networking site, it does wonders for your self-esteem as well.

Online communities serve people well

There are various online communities which you can be a part of, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and more.

Not just this, you can interact and share your thoughts with various other members and who might even be able to help you out with an issue. Depression occurs when a person stays alone for long, but with these social media sites there is no such issue.

These social media sites are active 24/7 and you can interact with people whenever you want. There are online chats, support groups, and forums too that provide quick solution to people suffering from OCD or depression. This is a platform where you can interact with like-minded people. Most importantly, there is no one to officially judge you in these sites, so you can speak your mind.

It’s time to be social

Whether you suffer from depression, anxiety, OCD, or any other condition, it’s time to utilize social media sites to help alleviate some of those symptoms. 

Become a regular contributor to the social sites and make some new virtual friends. Remember the old saying, “If you want a friend, be one”? This goes for social sites as well. If you want to make new virtual friends, don’t wait for them to come to you. You approach them and initiate contact. 

Then, once you’ve made a connection, be sure that you regularly communicate with the person to keep the lines of communication open.  The more you interact with a circle of online friends, the better you will feel about yourself and most likely suffer less depressive or anxiety symptoms.

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