#MyDepressionLooksLike Twitter Hashtag Shows Depression And Anxiety’s Emotional Toll

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media models are often platforms full of bragging, personal achievement, and self-promotion. Scroll down your news source and you may see ecstatic engagement announcements, smiling faces of people with a large number of friends, and public displays of popularity and seemingly perfect lives. Social media is rarely used to expose something deeper and more real: illness or mental difficulties behind the happiest performance in life.
But this is what #MyDepressionLooksLike and #MyAnxietyLooksLike intend to change. Mental health campaigns bring people together to share their experiences of depression and anxiety, and help people reduce feelings of loneliness, especially those young people who spend a lot of time on social media. The Internet can be a source of stress, cyberbullying, and low self-esteem, but it can also be used to raise awareness.
“In general, my message to [the treated] teenagers is that they are not alone,” psychologist Mary Alward told ABC News. “I think social media platforms will definitely be used in a negative way, but they may also be really helpful.” Click on the slide to read the tweets of the people involved in the event.

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