Social Media and Depression

People from every age group have been affected by depression at one point or another. Since last decade, it is the most common yet ignored problem. Social media and entertainment media have played a vital role in turning the world into a global village but on the same side have created a false illusion of a fantasized world. In order to be recognized on social media, people have started drifting away from their social and ethical values in the desperate attempt to get attention, thus leading them to depression, stress, and anxiety.

People who have never dealt with depression think it’s just being sad or being in a bad mood. That’s not what depression is for me; it’s falling into a state of grayness and numbness. (Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons). Depression and anxiety are not always visible to the human eye. People around us may seem happy and satisfied but internally they might be struggling with depression. Happiness is often associated with money, fame, and luxurious life which is not always true. People often get influenced by the fame and money that comes with social media and take it as a shortcut to a successful life. What they overlook is the fact that like everything, success on social media requires hard work, time and quality content. When their dream of overnight fame and success shatters, they go into depression. In 2021 we can see examples of many celebrities committing suicide, who were unable to deal with the stress and anxiety of keeping their successful image and life style.

Depression is a psychiatrist illness having no specific cause but hormonal and genetic factors play a role. It affects not only how you feel, think and behave but also lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble performing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living. Symptoms include, feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness, angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters. Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports, sleep disturbances, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures. Majority of the patients are young but it can occur at any age. It is equal in both men and women.

It is a treatable illness with excellent treatment results. Complications arise when it is not treated and include Alcohol or drug misuse, anxiety, family conflicts, relationship difficulties, and work or school problems, social isolation, suicidal feelings, suicide attempts or suicide. If you feel depressed, make an appointment to see your doctor or mental health professional as soon as you can. If you're reluctant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or loved one, any health care professional, or someone else you trust. There's no sure way to prevent depression. However, these strategies may help. Know your stressors and take steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and boost your self-esteem. Reach out to family and friends, especially in times of crisis. Get treatment at the earliest sign of a problem to help prevent depression from worsening.


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