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How Anxious People Use Social Media

I'm anxious and I have a Facebook account. Here's how that works. Read More

Excellent article!

I completely and totally agree with this piece. I too live with constant anxiety. I also have bipolar one disorder. When I am stable and doing well, as I am now, I love using Facebook. I am also a freelance writer and mental health advocate, and I blog for the International Bipolar Foundation and the new, cutting-edge website Stigmama.com. Using Facebook allows me to promote the posts I write for each organization as well as my personal blog "Birth of a New Brain - Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder".

Yes, I may post more than the average person. I love using Facebook for the most part, and I am at peace with how I use it. In a sense I am making up for the many years (yes, years) where I was too depressed to do anything, let alone turn on a computer. I am glad to be alive, I am thankful that I can appreciate the amazing elements in our world, and if I share a lot on Facebook, well, others can adjust their notifications. I'm not hurting anyone, and most of my Facebook friends truly enjoy seeing what I am up to and what matters to me.

Thanks again for writing such an honest and provocative post! :)

Interesting perspective and insight

I also deal with daily, perhaps chronic, trauma related general and social anxiety. For me,Facebook is an anxiety trigger. I avoid it as much as I can,I try not to be on Facebook more than once a week or even longer, if I am doing well. I have gone months without checking Facebook. And I feel calmer and less anxious, when I have not been on Facebook for awhile.

I view Facebook as essentially a phone book of people I know, in some capacity or other, a way to keep in touch, although I am starting to question that need.
I really wish I could just do away with Facebook, but it seems to be sticking around.

I have never considered people who post a lot on facebook,to be anxious, I've always perceived them as narcissistic or at least self absorbed. Thanks for the insight, it opened my mind, to a reason I had never considered.

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Sarah Fader is a mental illness advocate and mother of two living with panic disorder in New York City.

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