Mental Health Social Media Names

Children and adolescents are reaching out to their peers in all sorts of ways these days in an effort to normalize their experiences, feelings, and the like.  The following is a chart from the January 2016 edition of Journal of Adolescent Health (J Adolesc Health. 2016 Jan;58(1):78-84), which highlights alternate profile names your child may put on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, TikTok, or other social media pages if they are experiencing any mental health issues.  The chart is adapted from the #MySecretFamily download icon on Instagram.  If you see any of these alternate names under their list of profile names, talk with them about the meaning.  If you’d like to talk with one of our providers about social media behavior or any of these observed pseudonyms, call us at (804) 282-4205.

Disorder                                                                      Girls                                                Boys                           

Anorexia                                                                      Ana                                                  Rex

Bulimia                                                                         Mia                                                  Bill

Paranoia                                                                       Perry                                               Pat

Anxiety                                                                         Annie                                               Max

ADD/ADHD                                                               Addie                                               Andy

Obssessive-Compulsive Disorder                Olive                                                Owen

Borderline                                                                   Bella                                                Ben

Schizophrenia                                                            Sophie                                             Skip

Insomnia                                                                       Izzy                                                  Isaiah

Eating Disorder not otherwise specified       Ellie                                                 Ed

Self Harm                                                                    Cat                                                   Sam

Depression                                                                 Deb                                                  Dan

Suicidal                                                                         Sue                                                   Dallas