TikTok Doc: Teens Self-Diagnose with Extremely-Rare Severe Mental Illnesses

Teenagers diagnose themselves with rare mental illnesses like borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, multiple personality disorder, and dissociative identity disorder after watching TikTok videos from creators who claim to suffer these conditions, or claim expertise about them. Mental health professionals, see increasing numbers of these troubled teens, but attribute most of their symptoms to a far more pervasive condition. Some 600-700 million views on videos with related hashtags make this new wave hard to ignore. How do you talk to someone who’s convinced she’s become a TikTok doc, and mental patient, at the same time?

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