Medicine in Social Media
Depression in Social Media
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According to the World Health Organization, it is predicted to be the second-leading cause of disease burden worldwide in the year 2030. But there are valuable online communities, services and groups that can provide you with support.

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Microblogging: Twitter and Friendfeed


Micro-blogging is the practice of sending brief text updates, photos, audio/video clips or links and make these public on a website and/or distributed to a private group of subscribers. These messages can be submitted by text messaging, instant messaging or e-mail.

Many micro-blogs provide short commentary about medical news, medical specialties or a company's products and services.

Webicina features two microblogging platforms including Twitter and Friendfeed.


Depression on Twitter


Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates from friends.



Find more depression-related Twitter users on TweepSearch.com.

You can find many more health-related Twitter users on the Mark My Words linkblog and on the Medical Student Blog.


Depression News / Organisations

To Write Love on Her Arms
WLOHA is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

Depression Forums
Depression and Mental Health Social Community Support, Mood Disorders,medication, therapy,recovery. Eliminating stigma through education, advocacy since 2001.

Mental Help Net
Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, Stress, Addictions, Psychosis, Borderline, Schizophrenia, etc. Comprehensive mental health information and community.

Mental-Health Help
Empowering people with social anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues.

MentalHealhSocial.com
MentalHealthSocial.com is a free mental health social network run by Colin Spencer Wood (who was diagnosed bipolar in 1999)

Depression News
Depression news from around the web.

Depression Alliance
UK's leading charity for people living with depression.



People Who Post About Depression

David Bransford MD
Psychiatric Physician..in clinical practice in Northern MN for past 25 years. M.D. Psychiatry.

Joel Sax
Deadbeat, reconciler of cats and dog, advocate for bipolar sufferers, progressive (rather than liberal), retired peace activist, poet, writer, blogger.

Jake Sully Nisbett
Notching victories over HIV and depression for 20 years.

Kev
Autism and Manic Depression advocate.

Paul Raeburn
Journalist, author, Fathers and Families blog, and acquainted with the night, a memoir of raising kids with depression and bipolar disorer.

Merri Ellen Giesbrecht
It all began at the end -from suicidal to helping others. I learned the scoop on what cures depression and am sharing it with others. Follow me and find hope.

Dr. Keely Kolmes
Psychologist working with anxiety, depression, relationships, sexuality and social media issues. I do not provide online therapy.

Drnabil
Pediatric psychologist with interests in autism, ADHD, behavior management, health care reform, and health disparities.

Laureen Toner
I live in the UK. After going through a really difficult time, I wrote a book to help other people with depression.

John McManamy
Mental health journalist.



Directories


There are aggregators that help you find people tweeting about depression.

Twellow


Twellow.com is currently grabbing publicly available messages from the Twitter.com micro-blogging service. They analyze and categorize each of the users responsible for those messages into the various categories found at Twellow.com.



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Friendfeed


Friendfeed is an aggregator that collects the updates from social networking websites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates, as well as any other type of RSS feed. Users can use this stream of information to create customized feeds to share (and comment) with friends. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among a community.




There is no Friendfeed room focusing on depression, but doing a search for depression in the total Friendfeed timeline might provide you with some useful information and links.


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According to the World Health Organization, it is predicted to be the second-leading cause of disease burden worldwide in the year 2030. But there are valuable online communities, services and groups that can provide you with support.