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‘Urgent need’ to understand link between teens self-diagnosing disorders and social media use, experts say | The Guardian

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According to psychiatrists and pediatricians, there is an “urgent need” to explore the growing number of children and teenagers self-diagnosing with neurological problems, mental illnesses, and personality disorders, a trend fuelled by social media and difficulty accessing healthcare. 

A paper published in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry in January describes how prolonged social media use, particularly on video-sharing platforms such as TikTok, exposes young people to an increasing number of content creators making videos about their self-described tics, Tourette syndrome, and other self-diagnosed disorders. Tourette syndrome is a complex illness characterized by tics, which are recurrent, abrupt, and involuntary motions or noises. According to the report, the modern functional tic-like behaviors that young individuals present to their doctors differ from classic Tourette syndrome. 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/09/urgent-need-to-understand-link-between-teens-self-diagnosing-disorders-and-social-media-use-experts-say 

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