Thursday, February 2, 2023
HomeEating DisorderTIKTOK AND MENTAL HEALTH AND TEENS

TIKTOK AND MENTAL HEALTH AND TEENS


I’m going to be trustworthy: I personally hate the route that social media — significantly TikTok — has taken within the final two years or so.

At present, “TikTokers” glorify psychological sicknesses by means of quirky 20 second movies, or “snackable” content material that romanticizes circumstances that folks must be getting assist for. ADHD, Borderline Character Dysfunction, consuming problems, OCD — these circumstances are being profited off of, on the expense of others’ recoveries and wellbeing.

I by no means thought that it was okay to try this. Particularly with anorexia restoration: glorifying or romanticizing the illness to make it catchy on social media: that may not solely be extremely triggering for ED-Warriors who’re preventing for his or her restoration; but additionally extremely poisonous and dangerous for these nonetheless trapped within the throes of the consuming dysfunction. And seeing content material that flirts with “edgy” an excessive amount of can entrench them deeper and deeper into their consuming dysfunction. And with the rampant “monkey see-monkey do” mentality that is TikTok…it has change into a breeding floor for psychological problems.

So these TikTok movies about, “Consuming what I used to eat once I was anorexic,” or “Issues Ana Made Me Do” — frankly they simply make me sick.

As I’ve been stewing in disgust over this latest development…which has contributed to a meteoric rise in teenagers falsely diagnosing themselves with this or that, based mostly on what they see on TikTok…I’ve been left with one resounding thought:

Restoration isn’t flashy.

Restoration isn’t achieved as soon as throughout a mountain-top second, after which forgotten about. However slightly, it’s earned day in, time out, throughout little moments that no-one sees apart from you and God.

Anybody can shout from the rooftop that they’re doing XYZ…however restoration’s actual work is completed at midnight. Doing issues that folks can’t see. Doing issues which are little, minute particulars, that construct, brick-by-brick upon each other.

Restoration is selecting to eat the meals that you just “need” to eat, slightly than selecting what the consuming dysfunction dictates that you just’d eat.

Restoration is having dessert after dinner.

Restoration is resisting the often-times overwhelming urge to partake in ED-behaviors, and utilizing one in every of your coping abilities as an alternative.

Restoration is sharing your emotions as an alternative of bottling them up.

Restoration is ditching the dimensions, and throwing away (or donating) your “measuring stick” denims, since you are dedicated to getting effectively and by no means returning to that sick weight anymore.

Restoration is selecting to interact with your folks and be social, slightly than isolating and hiding in self-loathing.

Restoration is definitely going to your remedy, dietician and aftercare appointments, since you are dedicated to this new life, free from ED.

Restoration is taking a break day from the gymnasium since you’re drained, or since you merely don’t really feel like going.

Restoration is talking gently to your self in your thoughts, and never scrutinizing your physique within the mirror, or doing “physique checks” — nonetheless that manifests.

Restoration is surrendering your consuming dysfunction — and every thing that entails — to Jesus to redeem.

Restoration is small. Restoration is private.

I’m in a spot now, the place these little issues have change into my second nature. That’s a tough idea to imagine, considering again to the scared, younger lady at inpatient, however there’ll come a time when restoration isn’t scary anymore. There’ll come a time when you consider issues apart from meals, and train, and meal plans, and worry about your physique, and worry about gaining weight — there’ll come a time when that’s all behind you. I’m dwelling proof of that.

Restoration isn’t flashy. It’s not fashionable. It’s not one thing that may be filtered or boiled all the way down to a soundbite and amplified in a video that will get 10,000 likes.

Restoration is quiet. It’s you. It’s God. And although nobody will acknowledge the Herculean efforts you’re placing in day in, time out…it issues. I see you, Warrior.

Till Wednesday.

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