Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
As many of us know, social media has both its benefits and its disadvantages. While social media can help us stay connected to family and friends, it can also take a toll on our mental health. In fact, social media use can pose a number of issues for your mental health.
One issue that arises when social media use is isolation and disconnection. As phones become more advanced and more social media options are available, people are spending more time online and less time connecting with the people around them. In fact, it’s not an unusual sight to enter a restaurant and see a table full of people looking at their phones instead of interacting with one another. So, it turns out that while social media was created with the goal of helping people to connect, it has led to a decline in real human interaction.
Social media use can also turn into an addiction, with users spending hours each day viewing social media. In fact, a recent survey found that the average person spends 2 hours and 25 minutes each day on social media. When you add this onto other phone use (texting, playing games, etc) plus watching TV and using our computers, many of us spend a large portion of our day staring at screens.
Social media use can also lead to a false sense of reality. Typically, people share the best versions of themselves on their social media accounts: pictures in nice outfits with full makeup, smiles, the positives in their lives. Meanwhile, the day-to-day humdrum of their lives as well as the struggles they are experiencing, often are not shared with the social media world. Therefore, we often get the impression from social media that all of our friends and family are constantly happy and living an exciting life, which is often not the case. This can lead to feelings of insecurity, depression, or of being unfulfilled.
In the end, it’s important to remember that social media, when used with a bit of perspective and a lot of constraint, can be a positive in your life. However, it shouldn’t replace the real world interactions that we so greatly need.
For psychiatrists in the Augusta County, VA area, give us a call at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine.