Can Excessive Tweeting Lead to Psychosis?
the MPR take:
A case study published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease describes a 31-year-old woman admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Germany due to intensive suicidal ideation. Upon evaluation it was discovered that her symptoms of psychosis coincided with her heavy participation on the social networking website Twitter, where she would spend up to several hours a day reading and posting Tweets. Her first psychosis symptoms occurred when she believed that a famous actor was responding to her Tweets via symbols in his messages or through retweets by others. Presently “Twitter psychosis” is not a distinct psychiatric syndrome in the DSM-V, but the interactive nature of social media could increase the risk of psychosis in patients susceptible to the disorder. The patient underwent treatment for psychosis and is no longer active on Twitter.
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