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Social Media Addiction - Treatment, Symptoms and Causes

What is Social Media Addiction?

'Internet, the greatest discovery of 21st century brought great opportunities with it. The human race saw a lot of changes after then, talking just about the internet then and now, we are introduced to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, etc. Getting in contact with anyone is not difficult anymore. Social media provisions like status update allow us to express ourselves to the entire word be it regarding an important topic or our day to day activities. The connection is not just limited to the people we know but contacting and getting to know more people around the world is also pretty easy now.

The Internet has been a boon to humankind but as every other invention given to us by science, it has its share of drawbacks. Nothing is good in excess however beneficial it may be, this is what has been the problem with these social media sites. It did make the world a small place, improved communication between people irrespective of the distance, it brought us closer to other cultures as we started learning about them but it has given birth to a new problem that is an addiction to social media.

Causes of Social Media Addiction.

The main reason behind people getting addicted to social media is complicated as it depends on the lifestyle of a person, the feel-good release of chemical every time we post, etc. Some common cause may be narrowed to the following:

The release of the feel-good chemical every time we post something. It gives us a sense of acceptance, as such people joy or happiness of that particular moment depends on whether people like it or not.

The one who is not confident or constantly thinks about what others think about them are more prone to be addicted as social media gives them a chance to speak or express themselves without confronting anyone.

What is the symptoms of Social Media Addiction?

Social media addiction nowadays is a popular and unique phenomenon but can be diagnosed with some common symptoms which are stated as under.

  • Feeling elated while experiencing the social media on any of the electronics devices.
  • Being so engrossed in that feeling as the person loses that consciousness towards time.
  • Some physical symptoms of Social media addiction are blurred vision, not getting a proper sleep and experiencing headaches.
  • Feeling anxious when not connected to or being inaccessible to social media.
  • The Compulsive need to update about every day to day activity.
  • Such people like to be alone even when with a group of people.
  • Get rage when cut down from social media by force.

Treatment of Social Media Addiction.

The problem is getting much worse as teens are getting more and more addicted to social media as it has become easily accessible. The best way to diagnose and treat this addiction would be to consult a psychiatrist and a few sessions would help the person to cope up with the addiction. As this alters the behaviour of the person drastically and suddenly stopping the access may lead to critical withdrawal symptoms. The treatment for Social media addiction is not built on the same lines as those of alcoholics who can never have a drink but it involves moderation and directional usage of the internet which is much more on the path of healthy eating.

Prevention to avoid Social Media Addiction.

The symptoms show how social media addiction can hamper a person’s behaviour vastly. So, it’s better if we can just prevent it and just increase the value of our life. Some ways to prevent it would be having a fixed time to use social media, develop hobbies which keep yourself busy in your free time like reading, solving puzzles, etc. You may also spend that time talking to your friends or learn something new. I have seen many people who like to build projects in their free time, read novels, some also do write poems, songs. All I want to advice is do something that kills your boredom and also improves yourself in some way. Social media is just a utility so it should be used as one, don’t let it take control over you.

Withdrawal symptoms of Social Media Addiction.

From a recently conducted study, it has been suggested that people who have been social media addicts while presenting from it could experience an increased heart rate or abnormal blood pressure media if they keep away from electronic devices for a narrow bracket or technically 'go offline”. The withdrawal symptoms in this specific addiction are generally non-life threatening and the addicts could experience a surge in the anxiety levels. The repulsion also leads to an imbalance in the hormone levels in some cases while the penultimate symptom is a diminishing immune system. Some commonly observed withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Getting raged easily.
  • Staying alone, depressed.
  • Feeling anxious.
  • Not communicating or taking part in group activities.

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Celebs Quitting Social Media - How Is It Detrimental To Mental Health?

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General Physician, Faridabad
Celebs Quitting Social Media - How Is It Detrimental To Mental Health?

Celebrities all around the world have a huge fan base on their social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. But recently, it has been reported that numerous celebrities are quitting social media and taking a break from it to focus on their mental health.

Such celebrities include Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and many other world-famous icons. Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran are also on this list alongside one of the biggest YouTube icon Lily Singh aka Superwoman.

But why is it so?

Different people have their own opinions. But most of them are of the belief that such world-class celebrities are quitting social media because they want to bring a balance to their mental health. The world of the internet and social media can at times become very suffocating, pressurizing and overwhelming as well. So, to stay away from such negative attributes, these celebrities are avoiding social media platforms. Let us find out how this trend of quitting social media is related to mental health.

How social media can have a negative impact on mental health?

Social media undoubtedly has brought the world closer and now people can connect with each other very easily without any hassles. But, we cannot miss out on the negative impact it has on the people also. Here are some very negative ways by which people including the celebrities can be a victim of it.

  • Cyberbullying - Cyberbullying is one of the most dangerous sides of social media. Teenage boys and especially girls can be a victim of cyberbullying. As a result of such bullying an individual can be affected with depression, anxiety and even develop suicidal tendencies.

  • Negative Memories - Social media can be a great platform to cherish memories with your close ones. But the same platform can also be used to trigger memories which are disturbing, embarrassing or depressing to remember. Many people, thus tend to get depressed or suffer from anxiety when they see such memories.

  • Hamper Reputation - Social media can be used to hamper the reputation and good name of a person very easily. A viral photo or video of any individual or individuals can be used to damage the reputation one has built. Many a time fake news, pictures and other media can be used to target a person and bring their name down. It is very much common nowadays and even with celebrities as well.

So, as you can see that social media can seriously affect the mental health of a person whether he or she is a common individual or a celebrity. Social media can bring anxiety, depression, embarrassing situations and many other negative aspects to a person's life.

As a result, they tend to suffer from a disturbed mental health which can also take a toll on their physical fitness or health. So, if you are facing such a situation or want to avoid any of these to affect your life, it is better that you stay away from social media for the time being and focus on a positive development of yourself.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Mam sir I am addicted to the social chatting and dating app. I am preparing for competition exam due to this my smartphone and laptop is necessary for me. Please give me suggestion how to be away from these apps.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Smart phone addiction etc comes under behavior addiction. Behavioral addiction is a form of addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior – sometimes called a natural reward – despite any negative consequences to the person's physical, mental, social or financial well-being. Behavior addiction needs to be curbed or controlled using your own self will power. Diverting your mind and body away from the circumstances which compels you for the addictive habit, with the help of physical exercises, games, entertainment etc can help you. Never sleep alone. Be always with your family even at night etc are some other tips. Willpower is the key always. Behavioral therapy also works well. Take care.
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How Internet is harmful, Isse hame kya kya nuksan hota hai Ise ham kase chhod sakte hai.

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Homeopath, Hyderabad
According to an infographic from, small regions in the brains of Internet addicts shrank by 10-20 percent. And that's not all: Extensive Internet use has been linked with eyestrain, bad posture, ADHD, sleep deprivation, bullying, relationship stress and more.

Table of Content

What is Social Media Addiction?
Causes of Social Media Addiction.
What is the symptoms of Social Media Addiction?
Treatment of Social Media Addiction.
Prevention to avoid Social Media Addiction.
Withdrawal symptoms of Social Media Addiction.
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Know More About Addiction
Hello, I am Dr. Milind Barhate, psychiatrist practicing in Varli and Mumbai area. Now we discuss about the addiction.

Addiction is a disease and it is different from other disease. Most of the people believe that addiction is the only habit. They do not accept that it's a disease. Most of the other disease patient accept whatever this is, whether it is fever, malaria dengu, heart problem, diabetes, problem cancer etc. Patient accepts and go for the treatment. But in case of addiction, patient believes that he/she is normal. Even after there is a liver problem or because of addiction multiple problems arises. Some people requires only one quarter at night to fall asleep, it's not his problem and that's why they do not get it treated and it's a common issue.

Addiction now is increasing. Initially people goes for only alcohol, tobacco, smoking. Nowadays teenagers and children are getting drug addicted like Kaname, Ganja marijuana, charas, brown sugar and cocaine etc. Chemical addiction is also common addiction of the medicines or tablets or syrup.

So addiction is a disease it affects your brain and your body. After certain period of time, your brain and body gets dependent on such substance and because of this reason people generally take the substance repeatedly. There is a change in your brain. Chemical changes occur that causes impulsive inability, frustration, depression, psychosis, a lot of mood changes. In addition to it, it affects everywhere. It affects your body from brain to toe. When it affects your brain it causes lot of diseases like dementia, seizures. When it affects your lung it causes bronchitis lung diseases. When it affects your liver it also affects your liver for the coc's or cancer of the liver, or vomiting of the blood. It also causes blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, heart problems and erectile dysfunction, reducing sperm count, reducing weight and appetite. It also causes change in behavior, change in sexual behavior, change in sleep and at appetite and also changing driving.

Because of addiction the chances of an accident can increase. It also affects your family also. We'd also affect at occupation also, at your economy also. So it affects almost all parts of your life like body, family, at occupation, at your economy social life and spiritual life. So it's a disease, but different from other diseases, and it may harm oe's life severely. Still the person believes that he is okay. It becomes habit and because of this attitude, most of the patients left untreated which ultimately end up to late stage for the treatment. They come with the mouth cancer and that stage even after if you stop the alcohol, it may ultimately result death. There is a treatment available for it. Treatment is little bit difficult and different from other diseases. So medicines are important to treat the problem.

There are medicines to control the withdrawal features. There are a medicine for sleeping problems, the treatment for constipation is also available as most of the tobacco smokers they're suffering from constipation. Early morning they do not get the pressure. That's why they are regularly taking tobacco and alcohol. Tobacco and smoking, so there are medicines for that problem. Tension and even if you are suffering from anxiety, depression or psychosis there is a medicine. Some anti craving medicines are also there to control your mood and craving for substance.

At the same time along with medicines, family counseling, accounting also necessary. Individual counseling also necessary. Social counseling also available for alcoholism. Alcoholic for Drugs Narcotics Anonymous is there, if a person takes a treatment for a longer time. If we take it, it went for only one day, there is no chance. If we took a treatment for one month, there is a little chance and if it continued treatment for 1 year, he's having 25 percent of the chances to come out from the alcohol or drugs. At the same time if he continues the medicines, counseling and social counseling and social support, family support for the longest, wait more than five years there are chances more than eighty percent to come out of this problem. Its lifelong business. There are well known relapses. Even after stopping for alcohol or drugs for five years or ten years there are chances of relapses. The long treatment is needed to prevent the relapses. Cure is not possible treatment because it is a disease of personality. When we counsel the patient, when we are doing individual counseling, we enforce the patient initially, we tell the patients about the disease model and and to make them accept so that they can overcome through it.

Alcoholism and drug is a disease. After accepting, the second part is to identify the character defect, because alcoholism and drug is not a major problem, the major problem is character, habit and a behavior. So second stage is to identify that character defect or behavior deface leading to addiction. After identifying that character defects, we focus that character defect and we work on that with the help of small step program and as the time continues if the patient is ready and motivated to work on it, there are the good chances to come out from this situation. The only thing is, first admit that you are an addict. Second come forward for a treatment and be patient for a longer treatment.

For more information you can contact me on from Dr. milind Barhate. Thank you.
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5 Ways To Break Your Technology Addiction
Hello Everyone,

My name is Sheetal Bidkar and I am a clinical psychologist and addiction therapist at swasthya one step clinic Mumbai.

Let's talk about some digital Detox today, because use of internet, use of social media and Gadgets it's a very common thing. In a digital world, we are more isolated and rather depressed. So let's talk about how to handle this new digital depression. I will give you five simple tips to understand that digital detoxification. First, connect in real times. Forwarding a forwarded message to your friend doesn't convey the real message that you care for him and you are really interested in his world. But calling him for just a cup of tea and talking about his real-life situation will definitely convey that message. So remember to connect in real time. second and most important. Be a digital role model for your kids and even for your colleagues.

So when you want that people should not scroll their screens in front of you all the time you should not do that. So limit your period and be a really good role model to everyone around you. Third and most important create a digital free zone for yourself while exercising while travelling while being with self While having dinner or male with your family say no to any gadgets. Be it TV, be it your mobile laptop or any other screen. Another part, have a purpose for every platform say.

For example, I am on, Facebook I am on LinkedIn, ask yourself, why am I using this if you are on LinkedIn. the primary purpose is to search for a job. stick to that purpose. if you are on facebook, you are just trying to connect with other people like you. stick to that purpose .so don't wrong and waste your time on this app now and then. Fifth and more important thing. Limit your use, have a set timing for yourself. Ask for help if you are living with your family, if you find me using 45 minutes for more my mobile on my laptop please come to knock the door and tell me that 45 minutes are over ask for help for the betterment. Apply these 5 simple tips and let's see how this digital detoxification help us to be more happy. You can contact for book an appointment with me on thank you.

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Internet Addiction Disorder Effects
Hello friends,

Mein Dr. Manish Jain hn aur me ek consultant psychiatrist hn.

Aaj mein jis topic p aap logon se baat krna chahta hn wo ek interesting topic h aur bht common esa topic h jo bht commonly humien effext kr rha h, Internet Addiction. Time and again mery pas esy patients aty hain jo internet ya gaming addiction p k matlab bemari se effected hain. Is ko hum internet addiction ya gaming addiction kb bolty hain, kuch criteria hain jb wo meet hony lg jaty hain tb hum keh skty hain k ye addcition h. to kuch esy criteria ho skty hain k aap bht zyada Sammy internet k bitaty ho. Generally kuch time bd esy hony lg jata h k log jb pochty hain k aap itna Sammy internet p bitay ho to log is k bary me jhoot bolny lg jaty hain k hum inta Sammy ni, agr wo 6 ghanty bitaty hain to wo 1 ghanta boley gy, 3 ghanty boley gy. Phr jo real life contact hain, wo real life contacts chor k wo log internet p profiles bna lety hain. Internet p friends lety hain aur jo human contact h wo km ho jata h. agr internet se door rkha jaye in logon ko to on me depression k anxiety k, headache k, irritation k ye sary symptoms aa skty hain. Then ek cheez jo ho skti h k jo personal relationships hain wo kai baar kharab hony lg jati h because aap excessive time internet p bita rhy ho. Log fake profiles ki baar create krty hain fake ID s create krty hain aur os k through friends bnany ki koshish krty hain. Is se consequence kya ho skya h? is ka consequenceya ho skya h? Isolation ho skta h. isolation is trh hse ho skta h k aap actually ek room me bnd howy ho aapp bhr ki duniya ni dekh rhy, aap logon se rishty darun se ni mil rhy aue aap infact Depression ki shikaar ho ksty ho. Other cheez wo ye h k jesy ye barhta jaye ga to esa ho ksta h k aap ka jo profession h wo hamper ho skta h, aap k jo social relations hain wo hamper ho skty hain, aap k jo personal life h, wo hamper ho skti h. to isly humien is ko identify krna haur identify kr k humien is k lite treatment seek krni h. Is treatment k generally psychiatrist and psychologists kren gy.

Is bare me aap ko ya aap k near k logon ko kuch h to aap mere se contact kr skte hain Lybrate k through.
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Addiction To Pornography
Doston! Dr. Shirish Malde, sexologist Mumbai ka ap sab hi ko namashkar.

Hum aksar dekhte hain ke jau technology hai jis tarah se barhti hai humein kia kia naye ayaam dikhati hai.

Ab hum baat ker rahe hain internet ki. Ek zamana tha jab internet buhat bari luxury hua kerti thi aur ajwaqt hai ke internet har sab hi ki pocket mein apke unglion ke sparsh ke oper available hogayahai aur who bhi unlimited data ke sath.tau doston yeh cheezon ka humari niji life per buhat hiasar parhta hai aur khas ker ke hum agar sex life ki baat karen tau data available hone ke sathsath pornography bhi buhat easy available hogae hai. Han! Aur who bhi sab ko apni apni privacy apni niji space mein. Tau iska humare sex life per tau asar parhega hi tau hum dekhenge yeh kistarah se parh raha hai. Aj dekheye pornography viewing mein humara desh Hindustan panchwain number per hai. Aur yeh kafi had tak kafi log iska istemal kerte hain, isko dekhtehain, kuch log kam kuch log ziadadekhte hain aur iski asar tau rahegi hi humari sex life ke operjis tarah se logon ke sawal atey hain iske oper se humne yeh kuch findings bataye hain.particularly humare desh mein pornography itni kyun popular hai? Tau iska sabseimportant ek jawab yeh hai ke humare yahan formal sex education yani jise hum yawn shikshankehte hain uski kami hai. Ab jis cheez ki kami ho, jis cheez ka knowledge na ho, knowledge hotabhi hai tau apne friendon se mila hua tuta phuta knowledge hai aur yeh jau half knowledge haiyeh humein kafi taqleef mein rakh sakta hai. Tau isi wajah se log jau kehte hain na forbiddenfruit is always more tasty waise jis cheez ka partiband hai who cheez humein ziada akarshidkerti hai. Aur isi ko le ker ke yuva verg khas ker ke pornography ke peche kafi samay viyat kerta hai. Ab iska asar hota yun hai ke log isey sex education ka ek zariya samajh bethte hain. Halan ke bilkul aisa nahi hai. Yeh mera spashmat hai pornography hai yeh ek sirf uttay jina nirmand kerneke liye agar dekhi jaye usko sirf casually dekha jaye tab tak thek hai lekin jab ap isko ek limit kebahar jaise ap chale jate hain tau yeh khatre ki ghanti bajata hai apke liye. Khas ker ke us waqtjab ap isey sex education ka zariya samajhte hain. Kyunke pornography mein jau yeh dikhatehain yeh sab hi cheezain qanoonan tor pe mumkin nahi hoti hain khas ker ke child pornography, violent sex, animal sex yeh sari cheezain qanoonan partiband hain aur naytik roopse bhi yeh sari cheezain ghinoni hain. Aksar isey ap education tool samajh ker ke agey barhtehain tau kafi taqleef mein asakte hain. Khas ker ke who yuva jau pornography mein dikhate hain who actors ke jau angupang hain usko dekh ker ke apne ap mein kafi hindbhawana mehsoos kerte hain. Ek parkar ki inferiority complex mehsoos kerte hain jaise ling ka akaar hai ya sambuqka jau samay dikhaya jata hai isko le ker ke logon ke mann mein kafi brahmanain paida hoti hainaur who apne apko inferior samajhne lagte hain aur aise cases kafi manokchikat ke liye atey hain. Waise dekhye jaye tau dekhye yeh ek industry hai jahan per modelling ek vayosaye haiyeh aise models ko choose kerte hain jau is industry ke liye fit hote hain. Tau isko dekh ker kesab hi logon ko apni tulna nahi kerni hai aur khuan ma khuan inferiority complex nahi bananahai. Dusra pornography apko addict banata hai, yeh aisi cheez hai jau apko bar bar dekhne permajboor kerta hai ap isme apna kafi qeemti waqt vastvayat kerte hain aur kafi apki education,job mein kafi pichrey reh sakte hain.apna niji personal life bhi is mein kafi disturbhota hai aur sab se mehtapurne baat hai ke isme forceful sex dikhate hain, violent sex dikhatehain yeh kafi had tak samaj mein yeh forceful sex ko uttayjit bhi kerta hai tau humein isko bilkulhi education tool ke hisab se nahi lena hai. Aur jaise hi yeh pornography ka humein addictionbhi nahi rakhna hai uske badley humein apne apko ziada se ziada productive work mein involvekarye. Internet available hai tau isey ap achi jankari prapt karye, kafi achi jankari apko mil sakti hai aur na ke pornography dekh ker kea p yeh sab ghalat fehmiyan nikalen. Doston! Mera apsenumra amurad rahega keh pornography kea p balli nahi banye, usko excitement ke roop se apdekh ker ke lightly lijeye aur uska anand utha sakte hain baqi usko academic tool mat banayega.

Ap is barey mein aur kuch jankari janna chahte hain ya appointment fix kerna chahte hain tauap Lybrate yeh app ke zariye contact ker sakte hain. Dhanewaad!
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How To Get Rid Of Addiction?
Main Dr Manish Kansal hoon aur main ek Psychiatrist hoon, Delhi me practise karta hoon. Delhi aur Greater Noida me mere Hospital hain. Aur aaj hum baat karna chahenge Nashe ke bare me. Jese ki aap sabko pata hai ki aaj kal nasha bohot zada badh gaya hai, specially jo humare youngsters hai, college aur schools me, wo bohot choti umar me nasha shuru kar dete hai.

Common nasha jo hai aj kal, wo hai alcohol, cannabis, charas, ganja, bhang. Isme designer drugs bhi agae hai jese ki heroine, cocaine, ye sare drugs aj kal bohot choti age me he bacche shuru kar dete hai. School time me he start kar dete hai, friends ke influence me aa ke start kardete hai. Dosto ke chakkar me, experimentation me, family pressure me aa ke drugs start karte hai aur ultimately bahar nahi aa pate hai is problem se.
Kuch logo ko aisa lagta hai ki nashe ka koi solution nahi hai lekin nashe ka ilaaj sambhav hai. Youngsters ko, baccho ko nashe se bahar nikala ja sakta hai agar professional help li jaae to.

Ghar me log counselling karte hai but wo itni effective nahi hoti. Lekin nashe ka ilaaj sambhav hai dawaiyo ki form me, counselling se, psycho therapy aur bohot saare ways me ise theek kia ja sakta hai. Yeh ek bohot bada subject hai aur baccho ki zindagi ko bachaya ja sakta hai.

Main pichle 20 saalo se general psychiatrist hoon, but mera interest nashe ke ilaaj me bohot hai. Aur agar aap apne kisi saathi ka, family member ka, friend ka chahte hai ki wo nashe ki addiction se bahar ajae to aap mujhse Lybrate ke through contact bhi kar sakte hai.
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