Social Media ‘recovery accounts’ offering eating disorder support should not replace professional help – an expert’s advice
From selfies and motivational quotes to photos and videos of meals and gym workouts, Instagram offers a variety of posts that support recovery from an eating disorder or ED. While a 2016 study showed being a part of an online ED support group showed positive effects on members, Dr Zaidi explained in the South China Morning Post article that treating ED requires a team of experts including a general practitioner, a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a nutritionist.
“Social media often makes things worse for patients with serious mental health challenges. There can be severe negative consequences of taking the advice of someone who is not trained to treat mental health disorders, especially if that person is in a worse place with their eating disorder than you are.” Read the full article by clicking here.
Dr. Quratulain Zaidi (BSc. Hons, MSc, MSc, PhD) is a mother and a member of the British Psychological Society and British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy and abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychology. She has lived in Hong Kong and Singapore for 12 years. She specialises in assisting families with issues including parenting, teen issues, Cybersafety, marriage guidance, post natal depression, stress and anxiety disorders, depression, bullying, eating disorders, OCD and self-harm. She is an expert in educational assessments and learning challenges in children, for example ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia and ASD.