Social Media “Therapists”
May 20, 2023
Imagine this: You are 16-years old, and hear about your friends’ struggles with mental health. You open your phone, and click on Instagram, Facebook or Tik Tok. A therapist, or someone speaking about therapy with no clinical license, pops up on the screen with symptoms claiming that if you struggle with ruminating thoughts, watch the same show on repeat and enjoy a clean room, you have OCD. Panic ensues and research begins on WebMD about all the symptoms of OCD. The thought is now embedded, “I have OCD”.
“What’s concerning, I think for everybody, is oversimplification,” said Lisa Henderson, a licensed professional counselor and past southern region