[PRESS RELEASE] “Digital Life: Improving or Damaging Your Mental Health?” | Difussion #17
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 || By Admin CfDS

Yogyakarta, 18th October 2019 – Recently, mental health becomes a lively issue to be discussed. Apart from the fact that people are starting to become aware of the importance of mental health issues, the issue was also emphasized by the popularity of a movie titled Joker, which raised stories about mental disorders, to the case of Sulli's death, a Korean artist who was suspected of having a mental health disorder due to cyberbullying and in the end decided to commit suicide. Drawing upon the issue, the topic on how digital life affects mental health was discussed in the 17th series of CfDS Diffusion event.

Moderated by Anaq Duanaiko (Project Officer of the CfDS Research Division), the discussion was opened by Rachmadita as Research Associate CfDS who talked about how internet affects user’s mental health. “There are three things that can trigger stress caused by the use of the internet and social media. First, highlight reel, where people are tend to only post the ‘good things’. Second, social currency, which pushes us to take down content which apparently does not get the engagement that we expect. Third, fear of missing out, which drives us to constantly checking up on any new information, because people don't want to be left behind. The negative is that all these three aspects drive us to do ‘stalking’, and this leads to the creation of online harassment, cyberbullying, hate-speech and other negative contents. But there are some things we can do to create a positive social environment, namely by recognizing problems, reflecting the consumption of social media, then creating a better internet experience, maintain a good behavior in the digital life and the real life.”, said Rachmadita.

The next session was explained by clinical psychologist Annisa Poedji Pratiwi, M.Psi, where she explained about the phenomenon of self-diagnosis. Self-diagnosis usually starts with feeling or recognizing a symptom in the body (such as anxiety or stress), then the person starts searching for information on the internet and then assuming or making their own conclusions. “Self-diagnosis is dangerous, because it can lead to self-treatment that is not necessarily appropriate. So, in order to avoid the risks, we can just recognize our own symptoms, but there is no need to diagnose ourselves. After recognizing the symptoms, we should come to a doctor or psychologist. There are a series of tests that can be done by a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or mental health worker who has been trained.", concluded Annisa.

dr. Lily Candra from Healtier Indonesia goes on to talk about hoax in mental health. “When we found a personality test to check the mental disorders on the internet, we have to recheck it out. A psychologist, psychiatrist or doctor even needs years of study to diagnose. So, if there is a quiz that can diagnose a mental health with just one test, it is worth asking the truth. Often the media will ‘flood’ the public with countless of inappropriate information, which then raises people’s stigma about mental health itself. What can we do with invalid media information? First, we must start by asking ourselves whether it is true, who is speaking, when the date is, then we can also ask those who have related knowledge, such as psychology students for example. That can be the simplest way.”, said dr. Lily.

Writer: Laili R.

Editor: Raka W.