A New Kind of Anxiety Disorder?


The Internet can be a wonderful tool, especially for people who have an anxiety disorder. Using the Web allows you to connect with other people instantly, to share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others.

Unfortunately, there can also be a downside to the increasing use of the Internet. Social media sites, while an excellent means of keeping in touch with your friends and loved ones, can create major stress and unhealthy behaviors in people.

Who hasn’t heard of a messy Facebook break-up? Or someone posting a highly offensive or inappropriate Tweet on Twitter then seriously regretting it? Even celebrities and politicians have gotten involved.

An article on Huffington Post by a social media strategist describes how people have fallen into obsessive, unhealthy patterns on the ‘net. This can be constantly checking your phone for messages, updating your Facebook status multiple times in a day, or waiting in angst to hear back from someone you sent an e-mail to earlier in the day. She calls the incessant need to be connected to a social media site ‘Social Media Anxiety Disorder.’

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ShakeNoMore February 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Wouldn’t social media anxiety disorder be an extension of social anxiety disorder? It still involves social issues, just in a different medium, so I’m not sure it requires its own separate categorization.


josjane1406 February 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I think it is different because there is a whole new way to be anxious. I totally know people who check their phone constantly and will literally turn around and go home to get a forgotten phone. That is sort of unhealthy, I think.


Rich Presta February 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I have to admit I would probably turn around to get my phone too if I wasn’t too far away, but I don’t recommend it 🙂


AnxietyRUs February 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I actually found myself checking Facebook so many times a day, I didn’t get anything else done. I would find myself waiting to see what people said about anything I had said, even the most mundane things. I finally realized I was creating a lot of stress and anxiety where I had no need to and I stopped using Facebook for a month just to break the habit. I had some anxiety attacks while I was trying to break away from it but I stuck to my guns. I’ve now gone back to it after about a two month hiatus and I don’t yet allow myself to post anything on my own status. I have made a few remarks on friends posts but nothing like I did before. If I find myself falling back into the habit, I’ll quit again. I have too much to be anxious about without adding Facebook to the mix. Just break the habit folks. That’s all it will take.


Rich Presta February 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with those that we might normally not, but it can be a total time sucker! I know sometimes I’ll spend a half hour typing and going back and forth on something that would have taken a one minute conversation in person. I don’t even think I fully understand Twitter!


Rhonda C February 13, 2013 at 1:17 am

I disagree that this is a new form of anxiety disorder. It is merely extending anxieties to a new form of media. And in some cases, it’s more the norm than you would think. Many people now feel they have to stay in touch 24/7 due to the pressures they already get.


Rich Presta February 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Good point!


Sabrina February 23, 2013 at 2:04 am

I agree with you but sort of don’t at the same time. It may not be an enitrely new disorder but I do believe the lack of connection that many feel is contributing to this. Most of us don’t know our neighbors and often our family is far away. I think many turn to social media to try to recapture that feeling.


Rich Presta February 24, 2013 at 12:55 am

I think that’s a good point. Do you think social media helps or hurts in that regard?


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