Social Media and Serious Mental Illness: The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown
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Availability
On-Demand
Expires on Apr 05, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Social media is commonly used by billions of people around the world, including those with serious mental illnesses. While some evidence suggests that social media use may be associated with negative outcomes like worsening mood and anxiety, other evidence claims it can help patients build stronger social networks and feel less isolated. This session explores current evidence around social media and serious mental illness with the goal of providing practical tips to tell patients about use, warning signs of excessive use, and resources for helping patients who want to cut down their use. Positive use cases and support groups are also covered.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe to patients how to self assess their personal social media use and be able to explain at least three common risks and benefits related to mental health in using social media.
  • Identify at least two warning signs of excessive social media use that may be associated with negative impact on mental health
  • Recognize and know when to apply at least three different treatment strategies to help patients reduce social media use in a safe manner.

Target Audience

Nurse/Nurse Practitioner; Pharmacist; Psychiatrist; Physician (Non-Psychiatrist); Physician Assistant

Instructional Level

Introductory

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours 
Program Start Date: April 5, 2019
Program End Date: April 5, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

Physicians

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Presenter/Planner 

  • John Torous, M.D.. M.B.I., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Disclosure: Research Funding, Otsuka. 

Planners

  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Torous has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. (Reviewed on 4/6/22) 
  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Brister has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. (Reviewed on 4/6/22)

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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