Psychiatrists question Children who manifest mental health disorder. These mental health experts want to know how long those children spend on social media and also what takes them to social media.
Social Media & Mental Health Issues
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, questions on the use of technology should be incorporated on the routine assessments.
The amount of time you spend online affects major parts of your life such as sleep, mood, diet and also behavior.
The government should set plans regulating social media companies just in the nearest future.
Increase in poor mental health is strongly associated with the quantity of time spent online, and the type of content one spends time on. This advice comes from the college with the growing evidence in the increase of mental disorder.
Later this year, the college is planning to publish a report declaring its stance on the use of technology and its effect on children mentally. Also, the report will contain recommendations for children, parents, and doctors as well.
When children are undergoing assessment mentally, psychiatrists consider contents they spend time on, such as contents which will trigger the existing mental illness. They think about harmful photos and images that encourage overeating among children.
Unhealthy technology use could impact on the sleep, academic performance, eating challenges, low mood, and even poor behaviors.
Conditions such as depression and eating disorder could encourage the use of technology for a longer time in a way that is detrimental to health.
However, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has adviced that children should keep their phones away at least one hour before going to bed and also avoid using it during meal time. The Chief Medical Officer echoed this on her guidance recently on the use of social media.
The government will have to set plans regulating the use of social media and the regulation will have to be enforced to limit the growth menace of mental disorder among children.
This will come up after concerns on the content of graphics that contain suicidal photographs and self-harm images.
When Molly Russell, a 14-year-old girl took her own life in 2017,.Her father lamented that Instagram had a hand in the killing. The big questions now remain how government can regulate the use of social media and again the extent to which the disorder has gone. From the analysis, one in every four young girls has been affected mentally.
According to Dr. Bernadka Dubicka, the chair of the child and adolescent faculty at RCPsych, she said that social media are not solely responsible for the increase in mental illness detected among children. Hence, social media form an important part of their lives although they can be harmful in a few ways.
Furthermore, Dr. Bernadka continued by saying that her profession as a frontline clinician exposes her to children who inflict self-harm deliberately after discussions on the techniques online.
The phenomena of young people imitating a friend’s harmful attitude are well known by the clinicians. But it becomes more disheartening seeing the same repeated online were a greater number of children will be reached easily.
What is considered as harmful content will be found out according to what the young children report. It could be links that direct to contents on weight loss or contents that contain displays of self-harm or similar contents; she added.
It is necessary to know if social media is contributing to the issue affecting the younger generations so that help will be rendered. The causes and effects need to be addressed.
Social media companies are demanded tax from their profits because the firm is considered as operating a wild west, but this time, online. They should contribute to the research to find out how closely related social media is to mental illness.
Social Media contributes to already existing problems.
Young people have argued on the idea that social media causes mental illness. Rather, they said it can make an already existing problem worse. They have agreed to the fact that social media undoubtedly adds to the anxiety and helps you engage in an unhealthy comparison of yourself to those you view online; Emma Thomas, chief executive of Young Minds, explained.
Claire Murdoch, national director for mental health at NHS England, contributed by recognizing the inevitable need of social media in the daily lives of young people. But when leading psychiatrists says online activities will be considered henceforth when assessing young people mentally, it should serve as a wake-up call.
She said the NHS planned to improve access to mental health services for youngsters, the social media giants are expected to accept its part on the process.