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dc.contributor.authorElliott, Bethan Daisy
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-04T13:22:24Z
dc.date.available2018-09-04T13:22:24Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/9961
dc.description.abstractIn recent decades there has been a proliferation of both young people and young adults aged 10-­24 suffering from diagnosable mental health issues. One of the most commonly diagnosed mental illness is Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) with up to 18% of adolescents developing the disorder  by  eighteen  years  old.  Concurrent  to  the  rise  in  MDD,  the  social  networking  sharing platform Instagram has boomed in popularity with the number of users rising from 150 million  in  2015  to  800  million  in  2017.  As a  consequence of  this  phenomenon  the  online  support community has started to trickle from other social media sites (such as Facebook) onto Instagram;; with users creating accounts for the dual purpose of documenting their mental health ‘journey’ and accessing social support from those in a similar situation. As this is such a  novel  development,  there  is  a  substantial  lack  of  research  into  the  MDD  “recovery  community”. To investigate this growing phenomenon a qualitative study was undertaken, interviewing  with  6  participants  aged  18-­25  who  currently  have,  or  have  held,  a  recovery  Instagram account having been recruited through social media. A semi-­structured interview was  prepared,  with  results  analysed  using  thematic  analysis.  Analysis  suggested  that  a  recovery Instagram is simultaneously both helpful and harmful towards recovery from MDD. This qualitative study into the role of recovery Instagram accounts when recovering from MDD is novel and more research is needed as this community is growing rapidly.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleHelpful or Harmful?; The role of Instagram in the recovery from Major Depressive Disorderen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-05-01
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