Chronic Disease on Social Media: Helpful or Harmful?

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Key Questions
  • How can social media help us find health information and share our stories?
  • How can sharing our story on social media be used for advocacy?
  • When does social media become less helpful and verge on harmful?
  • What are some tips for parsing out true and helpful information on social media?
  • What are the pros and cons of joining an online support group for migraine or other chronic illnesses?
  • How can we cope with our expectations for ourselves and avoid comparison based on what we see on social media?
  • Does social media affect everyone equally?
  • How do we avoid internalizing other people’s experiences, especially with medical treatments?
  • How do we know when we or a loved one are spending too much time on social media? What can we do about it?
  • When we need to step away from social media, how do we handle guilt over missing updates from people we communicate with online?
Interview Notes

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Cynthia Armand, MD

Neurologist and Headache Specialist
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Headache Center

Dr. Armand is an assistant professor of neurology at Montefiore Medical Center, the university hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also the fellowship director at the Montefiore Headache Center. She is the co-chair of the American Headache Society’s (AHS) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, and serves as vice president of the Society of Haitian Neuroscientists. She is the current web editor at JAMA Neurology and the host of the JAMA Neurology Author Interviews podcast. Dr. Armand was named an Emerging Leader in Headache Medicine by the AHS in 2018. She is also a recent graduate of the American Academy of Neurology’s 2020 Diversity Leadership Program. Dr. Armand is an avid lover of neurology and health news with a strong interest in patient education, as well as social media as a valuable means of patient empowerment and knowledge.

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