Canadian Medical Association

This article looks at the role social media plays in mental health and its positive and negative aspects — e.g., that it helps people stay connected but can also fuel feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation and fear of missing out. It examines the drivers of social media use and signs that social media might be impacting mental health. The article also offers tips for modifying social media use, improving mood and helping a child or teen with unhealthy social media use.

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