Social Media Therapy, Regaining a Sense of Control and Black Maternal Health Week

Ochsner Health has medical experts on call to discuss the trend of “social media therapy” among teenagers, restoring a sense of control when feeling powerless, and Black Maternal Health Week.

Is it dangerous for my teen to contact TikTok for medical advice? Amidst a growing mental health crisis for teenagers, we are seeing a real co-dependency on social media for medical advice in this age group. More teenagers are turning to social media platforms like Tik Tok for medical advice, seeking “social media therapy” rather than speaking to parents and healthcare providers when concerns arise. Angelia Spurgin, child psychologist at Ochsner Health, is on hand to comment on this alarming trend and offer useful advice for parents. feel powerless? Obstacles in life can test our strength and optimism. We can feel challenged, like we have little control, making it difficult to focus. In these times we yearn for peace as we face what feels like the impossible, or at least the improbable. And for many of us, one of the biggest hurdles is just getting out of the way. In this Ochsner Health blog, an Ochsner Health team shares five things to consider to regain that sense of control. Black Maternal Health Week – April 11-17 Just this month, the CDC released a report on the alarming rise in maternal mortality in the US, particularly among black pregnant women. This new report shows a 40% increase in maternal mortality in 2021 compared to 2020. More alarmingly, the mortality rate for black women in America is 2.6 times the rate for white women. National thought leader Veronica Gillispie-Bell continues to provide commentary on the many social factors and barriers that may be contributing to this alarming trend and is available for interviews on this important topic during Black Maternal Health Week.

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