Self-help with YouTube
I have the same routine every week to find interesting and newsworthy topics for the psychology blog; look at a variety of web publications specializing in subjects of mental health, and Google any recent newsworthy mental health topics. The articles I write about on the blog are usually based on scientific research, which is discussed in great detail in the articles. Gathering evidence based on scientific research is important. Of course I think we all realize the limitations of such scientific research, especially where matters of the human psyche are involved; meaning what works for one person won’t always hold true for another person, especially in terms of treatment.
Yesterday, while reading Dr. Grohol’s blog entry on Celebrex, I was reminded that there is a wealth of interesting mental health information I might be missing out on in YouTube. I know you’re asking; can YouTube be useful for something other than looking up Will Ferrell clips, old SNL skits or workplace pranks?
One thing YouTube has the ability to do is present first person perspectives from people who have suffered or are suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression or schizophrenia. If you are shy about going to a support group, or even seeking help, maybe you should check out these three inspiring, tell-all videos I found in an afternoon of perusing YouTube. They just might inspire you to seek help, or at least support. Please note, some of these videos feature the occasional swear, so if that sort of thing offends you don’t look at them.
Here is a candid video done by a college-age girl, “Nutter”, who suffers from depression. In the video we follow Nutter through her everyday activities while she narrates with her feelings on various everyday happenings and how they relate to her depression. It’s a beautifully articulate video, complete with soundtrack.
If you’ve ever been given a too-simple answer about how to deal with your depression, you can relate to the experience of “AgentXPQ”, who made this video, titled “How to Cope with Depression”, featuring drawings with narration.
Last, if you are intimidated by doctors or other professionals telling you about the clinical signs/symptoms of schizophrenia, check out the video blogs of “ichbinkeinberliner”. Ichbinkeinberliner regularly discusses her symptoms of schizophrenia and how she deals with them, along with extensive detail about the anti-psychotic drugs she takes for her illness. She’s amazingly personable and her delightful banter is very thorough and understandable. Also, she takes questions from her viewers, which she sometimes uses as subject matter for future videos.
Not impressed by any of these videos? Why don’t you make your own? Expressing yourself and your problems in a creative way, such as making a video, might just be the therapy you need.
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Bechdel, J. (2018). Self-help with YouTube. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 8, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/self-help-with-youtube/