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Social media can induce delusional episodes, claims study

Social networks are increasingly being linked with addiction and mental illness, and now a new study claims Twitter could even bring on episodes of psychosis.

In the study, researchers from Berlin presented the case of a 31-year-old woman who had been hospitalised after developing delusions, which were linked to her ‘excessive’ use of Twitter.

After studying how the social network influenced the patient’s perception, the researchers proposed social media has the potential to ‘aggravate or even induce psychotic symptoms’.

However, they were quick to note that Twitter, and social media in general, only has this effect on particularly vulnerable patients who are already predisposed to psychosis.

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