TikTok and the Dangers of Self-Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders

Many people still think of TikTok as a dance app, but it’sWaaaay.比那更多的。只需花几分钟的时间滚动与Gen-zer(Tiktok的主要消费者),你的思想将被吹。


This trend has many people wondering, “Is this safe or just harmful?”


许多行为健康专家喜欢Adeola Adelayo,MD,练习精神科医生横幅Behavioral Health Hospital,在去年在去年大力关注青少年和年轻成年人的兴起,他们自我诊断的条件ADHD,oc,解离身份障碍(做过),自闭症Tourette综合征.

在家有更多的时间和更多的空闲time for social media apps like TikTok, which boasts 2.4 billion views, experts have seen an unusual spike in mental health cases in hospitals and behavioral health facilities across the country. Just this past month, Dr. Adelayo has seen a surge in “physical and verbal tics” among teenage girls.

“We’ve seen an explosion of Tourette-like tics in our unit and every single case has been linked with watching countless TikTok videos about people with Tourette syndrome,” Dr. Adelayo said. “These kids don’t have Tourette’s, but they aren’t pretending either. They have a functional movement disorder as a result of stress and possibly underlying anxiety or depression which may or may not have been properly diagnosed.”

经过一系列个性化的治疗计划和Tiktok的两周后,患者恢复正常 - TICS正在展示的是,这些Tiktok视频可以是多么强大和有影响力。

“The ages of 11 to 17 are particularly susceptible to social influence,” Dr. Adelayo. “These TikTok channels can create a sense of community and inclusiveness for this age group, but they can also be a slippery slope.”



“I will say, Gen-Z is one of the greatest generations when it comes to their mental health,” said Dr. Adelayo. “I love hearing from a child that they are in therapy for their anxiety. Mental health is just as important as physical health. In this way, awareness is good.”

At worst, these videos have brought with them a proliferation of misinformation that has led many to believe they have a condition or disorder when they may not.

As we’ve seen during the pandemic, anyone can pose as whoever they want to on the internet. A PhD posing as a medical doctor. A self-proclaimed health guru posing as a nutritionist. Whatever the case or situation, younger people are quick to believe what they see and hear on the internet without doing much questioning or further research.

“It creates this horoscope type of effect. People see enough of these videos, they start to relate to any number of the potential symptoms and even begin to present with some of the same symptoms,” Dr. Adelayo said. “The thing is psychological illnesses don’t happen that way. Just because you pee a lot, doesn’t mean you have diabetes. You just don’t have diabetes because you say you have diabetes.”

While awareness and de-stigmatization of mental health issues on TikTok can be beneficial, taking advice from these “armchair experts,” those without real medical expertise, can pose problems. Dr. Adelayo said it’s important to remember that if you believe you have a mental health condition, there are professionals who can help.

“While you might believe you have ADHD, it could actually be anxiety or something else,” Dr. Adelayo said. “It’s really important for people to connect with the right scientific information and professionals so they can get the right evidence-based treatments. They don’t have to live with how they’re feeling forever.”

Dr. Adelayo’s tips on TikTok

Not everything you see on TikTok is bad or harmful, but here are some tips for adults and parents to keep in mind:

  • 要小心你的样子,以及你去哪里的建议。在线有很多好的信息,但并非所有信息都是准确的。检查您参加建议的人的凭据,并确保他们在您感兴趣的区域中具有合法的专业知识。如果您对某种情况有问题,请利用网站以获取可靠信息,例如以.gov,.edu或.org。然后跟进你的医生或一个behavioral health specialist关于你的疑虑。
  • 监控“为您”页面。If you find yourself trapped in a web of content that is making you uncomfortable, start following tags that bring you joy. Or you can重置你的“for你”页面共。
  • Remember, TikTok isn’t therapy.Tiktok不是治疗,因为治疗涉及许可专业人士的个性化护理。您可能会通过Tiktok找到验证和社区感,但如果您真的质疑您的心理健康,请与医疗保健专业人士交谈。
  • 采取Tiktok超时。很容易沿着Tiktok的兔子洞 - 一个小时后,你仍然滚动。拿一个digital timeoutduring the day to allow your brain and body to recharge and refocus. You can also limit your social media usage in the settings of your phone, enabling your phone to restrict use after a certain amount of time.
  • Watch for signs.If your use of TikTok and social media is starting to affect your daily life, it’s time to speak with your health care provider or a behavioral health specialist.

A final word for parents

让我们面对它,Gen-Z是extremely在线的。除了社交媒体应用程序,还有花了9个小时each day in front of a screen. It’s understandable that being engaged with friends and social networks that many hours in a day can take its toll—physically and mentally.


“Getting an official diagnosis and ruling out any other issues is the only way to access an effective treatment plan for any disorder,” Dr. Adelayo said.

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