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Mental health effects of social media still unclear

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Psychiatrists have “no idea” what social media is doing to people’s brains, a mental health specialist has claimed following rising concerns of cyber-bullying among teenagers. Dinesh Bhugra, professor of mental illness and diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, made the claim after the government announced its plan to introduce free training in psychiatric illness to secondary school staff across England. He said about 50 per cent of psychiatric disorders in adulthood started below the age of 15 and three quarters began before people turned 24. Bhugra told Eastern Eye it was “absolutely critical” children were taught…

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