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The risks of self-diagnosing a mental health disorder with social networks

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Finally I recognized myself, confides Virginie*, 31 years old. It is a publication of 10 slides summarizing the main lines of the eating disorder without clinical specification written by a very popular Quebec content creator who put words to what the young woman was going through.

I thought, “Oh, my God, that’s it! It corresponds 100% to how I feel on a daily basis.” »

A quote from Virginia

Virginie developed unhealthy eating habits in her early twenties. From intensive running to eating plans offered by diet coaches, she maintained her body image gram by gram. I starved to death. i was so hungryshe insists.

Even if she thinks she has given up the excesses, she admits to still living daily with a feeling of guilt. If she thinks she has eaten too much, she is overtraining. It really is everyday. I’m getting up. I feel fat. I tell myself that I ate too much. It’s integratedshe drops, before her voice breaks.

red flag. It’s a problem I have. It’s there, it’s tangible.”,”text”:”Honestly, if I hadn’t seen this [publication], I don’t think I would have seen the kind of red flag. It’s a problem I have. It’s there, it’s tangible.”}}”>Honestly, if I hadn’t seen this [publication]I don’t think I would have seen the kind of red flag. It’s a problem I have. It’s there, it’s tangible.

On social networks, this content, sometimes personal testimonials or lists of symptoms, arouses curiosity, but also pushes some people to over-adherence and to self-diagnose mental health problems.

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