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You’re probably familiar with “Dr. Google” — aka using Google to try to self-diagnose a health issue, and jumping to the conclusion that you have cancer or you’re dying. Now there’s a new version for the younger crowd: “Dr. TikTok?”

The popular social media platform TikTok, known for 15-second video clips about pretty much any topic you can think of, has been lauded for starting important conversations about mental health, especially among young people, enabling them to learn about mental health conditions, and get support from peers going through the same things.

But now a more troubling mental health TikTok trend has arisen. Within the past year, there’s been an increase in teens and young adults using TikTok to self-diagnose conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), borderline personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder (DID), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) ), and Tourette syndrome, among others.

That’s problematic, not only because a diagnosis should be made by an experienced mental health care expert, but because while plenty of TikTok creators post helpful information about mental health issues, not all do, says Doreen Dodgen-Magee, PsyD, a psychologist based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and author of Deviced!: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World.

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