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Social media and bipolar disorder: a risky combination

Presented By
Ms Klara Rydahl, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Conference
ECNP 2020
People who suffer from bipolar disorder have an increased risk of displaying online behaviour which they subsequently regret or which other people perceive as inappropriate and/or transgressive. Unsurprisingly, this type of behaviour has negative consequences for the interpersonal relationships of these individuals. Bipolar disorder is characterised by pathological shifts in mood/energy level. The pathognomonic trait of the disease is mania, during which patients may display risk-taking behaviour such as reckless driving, hypersexuality, spending sprees, and substance abuse [1]. Patients often regret their actions once the manic episode is treated and this may lead to negative thoughts during the consecutive neutral or depressive phase. So far, it was unknown whether analogue risky behaviour is also displayed on social media. This has specific implications as social media can reach a larger audience and leave permanent traces. Therefore, Ms Klara R...


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