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Does anybody else spend too much time online when depressed ?

(14 Posts)
Inkandbone Sat 04-Nov-17 21:59:54

I know I do, but I can't seem to stop!

Any tactics ... ? Probably posting in vain but worth a shot!

Topaz89 Sat 04-Nov-17 22:04:05

I do! I think it's because I have no energy to do anything productive, and it's a way of occupying myself. Also, depending on what I am worrying about, I spend a lot of time googling and looking things up.

BabyOrSanta Sat 04-Nov-17 22:05:29

It's also a way of interacting without compromising your self imposed isolation, I find

pambeesley Sat 04-Nov-17 22:05:38

I do. I also find it’s my crux if I’m nervous when I’m out. I tend to just stare at my phone.

MummySparkle Sat 04-Nov-17 22:06:08


Inkandbone Sat 04-Nov-17 22:06:36

I kind of want to do other things but I don't have the attention span.

millifiori Sat 04-Nov-17 22:11:29

Yes. All the time. Like other posters have said - it's a way of staying in touch with the world without the pressure of actual socialisation, and depending on the problems, a source of info and ideas on how to hget better. But mainly it's a diversion. Low energy and attention span.

BabyOrSanta Sat 04-Nov-17 22:24:19

For example, on here, you only have to get the gist of a thread and each reply is it's own thing so you only have to pay attention to one reply at once

WellThisIsShit Sun 05-Nov-17 00:05:08

Yup! It’s a great distraction thing. I mumsnet whilst watching tv in order to completely occupy my mind and block anything else out.

Ofthread Sun 05-Nov-17 00:07:52

Yes, interesting thread.

I think it’s both a symptom and a contributing factor.

jamaisjedors Sun 05-Nov-17 00:15:12

If you are using your phone, I heard an interesting suggestion the other day.

Set up a really long password on it, something like:


It will stop you or at least reduce the number of times you pick it up randomly.

edibleweirdo Sun 05-Nov-17 19:06:26

oh yes I'm exactly the same. no attention span or energy and it's socialisation without having to actually do much. can also look things up.

archersfan3 Sun 05-Nov-17 19:10:52

I started overusing the internet when I was breastfeeding the first time because I could do it one-handed and sitting down - plus borderline PND. It has become a habit I need to get out of.

HollyDolly15 Thu 09-Nov-17 20:16:57

I'm suffering antenatal depression and I definitely do. Mainly googling depression/antidepressants etc. It just occupies my mind and reading about people's recovery from depression gives me hope. It's an unhealthy habit to be on my phone all the time though :/ and I'm scared I won't be able to break the habit once the baby is born :/

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