If we've learned anything in the past two years through the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's that we must take time for our own mental well-being.
Many of us have struggled throughout this pandemic with anxiety, depression, and one or two existential crises. While you may have coped by scrolling through funny videos on TikTok or participating in social media challenges, the platform is also home to many mental health professionals who are creating content that may be beneficial to you.
With 2022 officially here, you may be wanting to focus more on your mental health this year. We've rounded up a few of our favorite mental health professionals who are sharing their expertise on TikTok. Whether you're feeling lonely or anxious, or are looking to make changes in your life, check out these viral therapists.
Focus on your mental health this year by following these viral TikTok mental health professionals.
It's easy to get wrapped up in scrolling through others' social media pages and feeling envious about their lives. While social media may have a negative impact on one's psyche, you can also use the power of the internet to find help or medical professionals who are trained in giving advice on mental health.
One person you should be following in 2022 is Dr. Julie Smith, a Clinical Psychologist who has garnered more than three million followers on the platform.
Dr. Smith shares daily informational videos pertaining to depression, anxiety, feeling lonely, etc., and breaks down the complex info into short videos that people of different ages can comprehend. Recently, the psychologist shared a video about depression "not always being obvious" and how a crucial first step is to find someone who you can confide in about your pain.
Nadia Addesi boasts more than 3 million followers on TikTok and shares daily videos pertaining to anxiety, body image issues, trauma, and more. The social worker and psychotherapist shares relatable content and offers advice on how to deal with certain situations pertaining to mental health.
TikTok therapist and licensed psychologist Dr. Justin Puder — who boasts almost 600,000 followers on the platform — is known for sharing relatable and comedic videos when it comes to discussing mental health.
He talks about his experience as a therapist, toxic relationships, anxiety, and having negative thoughts — a variety of topics that many can relate to on a personal level.
Virginia-based therapist Dr. Marquis Norton currently boasts almost 150,000 followers on TikTok and offers daily advice on how people can improve their everyday lives. In one recent video, Dr. Norton told followers to create goals, quit bad habits, and start a new routine.
With Dr. Norton's relatable and entertaining content, it's easy to get lost scrolling through his social media page.
If you or someone you know needs help, use SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to find support for mental health and substance use disorders in your area or call 1-800-662-4357 for 24-hour assistance.
If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.