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Being a Therapist on Social Media Can Be a Little Traumatic

Since the dawn of the pandemic, mental health content creators have flourished across social media, especially TikTok and Instagram. But they aren’t all equal. Creators with questionable qualifications and intentions have proliferated too, sharing dubious information, outlining symptoms, suggesting that various behaviors indicate all manner of DSM diagnoses, and at times even proffering treatments. Experts advise people to avoid mental health mis- and disinformation by seeking out credible sources.

But those credible sources face their own challenges. Therapists are trying to share information widely without compromising their professional ethics, and the questions they encounter aren’t easy to answer. How much should they reveal about themselves? Should they try to be trendy, or stick to basics? Would dancing to Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” diminish their credibility? And how do they handle people reaching out for help via DM or comment section?


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