My young patient struggled with depression. And TikTok was making it worse.


Alan D. Blotcky

A mother, greatly concerned about her 14-year-old son, called me recently. Her teen was showing symptoms of major depression, including sadness, irritability, argumentativeness, failing grades and withdrawal from his activities and interests.

In fact, he was spending most of his time at home in his bedroom on TikTok.

His mother was alarmed because his obsession with TikTok seemed to make his depression worse, and he was resistant to the idea of seeing a mental health practitioner. He told his mother that his “friends” on TikTok were helping him and that he didn’t need counseling.


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