Psychiatrist: Limiting time spent on social media improves mental health

Dr Abigail Harding, the Senior medical officer at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, is urging Ghanaians to reduce their time on social media, as it may negatively affect their mental health.

Speaking on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (10 October) she said, “the best thing we can do with social media is limit the time, or take it in bits.”

“Try not to keep yourself on one app for too long,” she told the host Kwaku Nhyira-Addo. “There are apps that track the amount of time spent on social media, we can use that to try and limit the time spent on social media.”

According to her, it is essential that social media users keep track of what they follow on social media as they contribute to “our mental health.”

“We also need to keep track of what we are watching. You need to pay attention to what kind of feeds you follow. You need not follow feeds that won’t help your mental health.

“Connect with family members, spend time with them, talk to them, that build your mental health reserves. You’ll be surprised how important little things like attention and conversation can serve as essential therapy for people with deteriorating mental health,” Dr Harding added.

Dr Harding said that stigma has always been one major problem of mental illness.

“It starts small and usually doesn’t start suddenly,” she said. “Stigmatisation is one of the reasons, but sometimes too, people do not know where to go. So, that is why we have this education, so people can become aware that there is help available and there are resources available.”

“Although not as much as we would like, but we are doing the best that we can with the little resources that we have. So, there is an improvement in help available in our resources.”

Source: asaaseradio


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