11% of young people with addiction to social networks lead to depression

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Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) details that more than 322 million people suffer from depression worldwide, being Spain the fourth country in Europe with the most cases and affecting 2.4 million people. In addition, the rates of anxiety and depression have increased by 70% in the last 25 years, worsening even more in recent years due to the pandemic.

The repeated use of social networks has not stopped growing, increasing especially in the younger segment. Currently, according to the 2021 Social Networks Study of the IAB Spain association, the penetration in social networks is higher in young profiles between 16 and 24 years of age, and reaches 92%.

On World Day to Fight Depression, which is celebrated this January 13, experts warn that the repeated abuse of social networks poses a danger for adolescents, generating pathologies such as depression. In fact, in figures, 11% of addiction cases (11.33%) end up leading to depression.

From the Brain 360 Institute they consider that, in this sense, non-invasive brain stimulation is one of the most effective techniques to address both the additions of these young people and their consequent depressive symptoms, in combination with psychological intervention. This technique allows modulate brain excitability and makes certain areas of the brain that have abnormal functioning normalize their activity, improving symptoms and lasting over time. 35% of patients with depression are drug resistant, but could benefit from this non-invasive technique.

This center uses this technique in combination with other neuroscientific disciplines, such as psychiatry, psychology and neurology for psychiatric and neurological disorders. The treatment is endorsed by the main international drug agencies, such as the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) and the EMA (European Medicines Agency) and endorsed by the most reputable clinical guidelines (NICE, CANMAT, NIMH, among others).

Among the advantages of this non-invasive treatment are its few side effects and the fact that it is applied on an outpatient basis. The average duration of each session is about 45 minutes.

warning signs

The psychologist Clara García, specialized in adolescents at this institute, assures that “one of the great and complex tasks that takes on special importance in the field of health is the detection of signs that indicate the possible beginning of a pathology and knowing these indicators can help us to detect them». Among the main indicators to detect depression in adolescents, he points out the following:

Observe significant changes at the behavioral level: if the adolescent stops going out with their group of friends, going to extracurricular activities, attending class or other activities that they enjoyed.

The state of mind of sadness can be masked or combined with anger in the case of children and adolescents. Other common accompanying emotions are guilt and anxiety.

At the cognitive level, It is common for the adolescent to have difficulties concentrating, remembering and even decision making may be affected.

The adolescent may also experience physical symptoms such as loss of energy, difficulties sleeping (either due to excess or by default), loss of appetite and/or complaints or headaches, stomach, among other bodily discomforts.

The female gender receives special attention in this disorder because the prevalence of adolescent depression in girls is usually twice that in boys, just as it occurs in adulthood.

Look at possible expressions and comments related to the desire to lose one’s life, as well as previous suicide plans and attempts, which may overlap with other depressive symptoms.

All physical, psychological symptoms and the behaviors mentioned must be maintained over time and in a more or less generalized way. We should not speak of depression if this discomfort is experienced in a timely manner.

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