The Spanish edition of La Vanguardia reported an increase in the number of children and adolescents with various disabilities,
Every day more and more minorspatients in Spain go to doctors with complaints of twitching, involuntary sounds, etc. And this is not Tourette's syndrome, says Dario Ortigosa, head of the movement disorders department at Sant Joan de Deu Hospital in Barcelona, but functional movement disorder. Many of these patients are girls between the ages of 10 and 14.
How has TikTok affected this?According to Ortigos, this social network forces children to give feedback on what they see there. For example, the hashtag “tourette” gets five million views, and as a result, teens begin to imitate those who shoot videos on the topic. The danger of such imitation is that many of these "followers" have undiagnosed neuropsychiatric disorders, but in a mild form. This means that they are prone to certain diseases, and as a result, imitation of any actions becomes a feature of the behavior of children.
According to Astrid Morer, the head of the servicehospitalization of the Department of Child Psychiatry and Psychology of the Clinical Hospital in Barcelona, such "tics" for adolescents perform a psychological function. Therefore, the treatment process is carried out with the help of cognitive-behavioral therapy and other psychological methods, says Ortigosa.