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The Link Between Social Media and Depression

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Excessive social media use may make you prone to anxiety and depression. Learn ways to avoid this dangerous trap.
Air Date: 4/29/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Greg Jantz, PhD
Gregory L. Jantz has more than 25 years experience in mental health counseling and is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, near Seattle, Wash. The Center, "A Place for Hope," provides comprehensive, coordinated care from a treatment team that addresses medical, physical, psychological, emotional, nutritional, fitness and spiritual factors involved in recovery. He is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including When Your Teenager Becomes ... The Stranger in the House. If you're concerned you or a loved one may be depressed, visit www.aplaceofhope.com and click the "Are You?" tab for a self-evaluation.
  • Book Title: When Your Teenager Becomes ... The Stranger in the House
The Link Between Social Media and Depression

Is social media destroying your life?

Web-based applications are helpful in staying connected with friends, family and colleagues across the world.  However, for some it seems like social media is turning into an online popularity contest that may have some serious consequences.  Many people spend long hours comparing their lives to others via status updates and vacation photos. All of this can lead to self-esteem issues.

Dr. Greg Jantz, PhD discusses how social networking websites can increase anxiety, depression and make users feel insecure. He also touches on whether or not these repercussions invalidate the benefits of the new-age communications tool.