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In the Media | 12.04.18

Dr. Troiani Discusses How Social Media Can Affect Mental Health

Joseph E. Troiani, Ph.D., spoke on a panel about the link between social media and mental health at an event hosted by Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville on December 3. Dr. Troiani shared the effects that social media can have on the brain and mental health of children and adolescents.

“Studies have positively linked depression with social media overutilization,” Dr. Troiani said. “One of the studies said if you are active on five different platforms of social media, you have a higher probability of depression.”

He also addressed the importance of providing government support and funding for community mental health programs to assist people experiencing mental illnesses.

Dr. Troiani is the director of our M.A. in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology program and also teaches in the Military Clinical Psychology emphasis of our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program.

Read the Chicago Tribune article about the event, “Parents Need to Know Social Media Can Be Abused, Overused, and May Lead to Depression, Experts Say at Naperville Forum.”

Watch a video of the panel.

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