Addiction and Psychological Disorders Related to Social Media

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For many social media is a platform to send and receive information. Like most individuals, this is where it begins and ends. However, more people are finding themselves addicted to this form of communication. Have you ever wondered drives someone to post endless updates or chronically checks for updates and gets upset when there are none? Is it because they are suffering from depression, anxiety, narcissism, paranoia or other psychological disorders? Even though social media addiction is not a considered a valid and recognized disorder, it does exist. Can it be proven that the same underlying psychological issues that can cause one to become addicted to substances are the same for an addiction to social media?
Addiction and Psychological
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For many social media is a platform to send and receive information. Like most individuals, this is where it begins and ends. However, more people are finding themselves addicted to this form of communication. Have you ever wondered drives someone to post endless updates or chronically checks for updates and gets upset when there are none? Is it because they are suffering from depression, anxiety, narcissism, paranoia or other psychological disorders? Even though social media addiction is not a considered a valid and recognized disorder, it does exist. Can it be proven that the same underlying psychological issues that can cause one to become addicted to substances are the same for an addiction to social media?
Addiction and Psychological Disorders
Addiction comes in many forms; the medical field has established that most individuals with addictive tendencies have an underlying psychological issue. Individuals that are diagnosed with a psychological disorder are approximately two times more at risk for dependence disorders (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2010). There are four recurring subtypes of disorders within two major categories based on diagnostic criteria for mood and personality disorders associated with addiction.
Mood Disorders
It has been found that pre-existing mood disorders are prevalent in those with chemical (drug) and alcohol dependence disorders. Of the recognized mood disorders, dysthymia and major depressive disorders are significant comorbid
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