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The Internet and Mental Health

The Internet can often have a negative impact on emotional distress. For example, looking up physical health symptoms can make us think that we have something catastrophic, triggering heightened anxiety; asking for reassurance on forums can lead to us getting too many different perspectives leaving us feeling overwhelmed; comparing our lives to others on social media sites can often lead to feelings of inadequacy. The Internet can also be a potential source for bullying and harassment.

The Internet isn’t all bad though. There are lots of self-help sites, blogs and video clips that can be inspirational and that offer practical steps to help with managing distress. I have listed a few here but please feel free to comment and add any others that you have found helpful:

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