Photos of Depression?

Christian Hopkins Depression Photo Series. Retrieved 23 Aug 2017 from
Christian Hopkins Depression Photo Series. Retrieved 23 Aug 2017 from

We previously wrote an article that featured “12 Breathtaking Photos Show What It’s Really Like To Have General Anxiety Disorder.”  Now, we recently found an interesting article about whether Instagram photos can offer clues about depression.  According to the article:

People who were experiencing depression were more likely to:

  • Post bluer, darker, and grayer photos
  • Post more frequently
  • Have more comments on their Instagram posts
  • Have fewer likes on their Instagram posts
  • Post photos with human faces
  • Show less of their face, when including a photo with their face.
  • Not use Instagram filters to adjust the photo’s brightness and coloring.
  • Use the Inkwell filter (which would make the photo black and white) when they did use filters.
  • Not use Valencia, filter that lightens the tint of the photo

However, the reason we like this article the best is it warns about drawing conclusions too early.  The article points out that this study, while interesting, requires more research with more people before making any definitive claims.  It also talks about the danger of stereotyping, stigma and the fact that you cannot diagnosis any mental health illness from only someone’s Instagram photos. To read the rest of the article visit

Also, for more about the topic and to find out what to do if you’re worried about your child’s Instagram’s images, read this article by

Do you have any questions or comments about the subject of today’s blog post?  Have you ever been worried or concerned about your child’s photos We’d love to hear from you!

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