Now, social media de-addiction clinics in Lucknow to help youngsters
(Sourced from PTI)
Special clinics to provide counseling to youngsters addicted to social media platforms will soon be set up by the King George Medical University in Lucknow. The psychiatry department of the University will run the clinics targeted at adolescents. Stating the reason for their decision, authorities said massive use of social media leads to mental disorder among youth which needs to be curbed. Read more.
Professor PK Dalal, the head of KGMU's psychiatry department, said, "Owing to massive usage of various social media tools/platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, mobile games and Instagram, a number of people are suffering from mental disorders." "The Bengaluru-based NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences) had four years ago started SHUT clinic (Service for Healthy Use of Technology)," he said stating an example.
Dalal said that following the success of the first SHUT clinic, the psychiatry department of KGMU also decided to open similar clinics. "Through the special clinics, counseling will be done of youngsters so as to motivate them to use less of social media tools," he said. Explaining the need, Dalal said that most of the children from middle-income families get addicted to social media.
"As a result, there is an adverse impact on academics and also on their eyes and they tend to lose their concentration," Dalal explained. "If parents tell them to refrain from using mobile phones, youngsters become stubborn, and hide it from their parents," he said.
Director of NIMHANS, professor BN Gangadhar, during his recent visit to Lucknow had suggested that 'SHUT' clinics should be started at all major and prominent institutes. "On this suggestion, KGMU is planning to open similar clinics," Dalal said. The HoD also said that the clinics opened in Lucknow will not be called 'SHUT' clinics, but will be given some other name.