A survey by Education Week found that 55% of students...

A survey by Education Week found that 55% of students said they used social media to diagnose mental health conditions.  Credit: Getty Images / Georgijevic

Adults often turn to Google, medical information websites or the slew of artificial intelligence bots for health information. But for many teens, social media platforms are their go-to advisers for mental health diagnoses, much to the concern of educators.

In a survey by Education Week, 55% of students said they used social media to diagnose mental health conditions. One guidance counselor told Education Week her students use TikTok as “their WebMD.” Teachers, meanwhile, said some students imitated symptoms they saw on TikTok videos of rare personality disorders that they didn’t actually have themselves.

Even more troubling, the survey found that some students were influenced by TikTok videos to use supplements or medications without consulting a doctor, sometimes going off prescribed drugs they were taking for actual health issues.

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