Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. LaWanda Baskin

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Carolyn Coleman

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


This project was created to assist providers working in the mental health field in treating patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) by assessing for problematic social media use (PSMU), which may exacerbate symptoms of depression. A Likert scale style questionnaire, which was accessible online for clinicians, was developed and used to assess psychiatric patients between the ages of 18-35 with a diagnosis of depression using specific questions about the patient’s social media use, which research regards as having the potential to worsen depressive symptoms. This survey helped determine if PSMU may be considered as an area for assessment in patients with depression based on data collected, as well as patient and clinician feedback. Education about PSMU and strategies for modifying use was included based on current research recommendations. A pre-and post-intervention depression screening was completed by each participant to determine, individually, if depressive symptoms showed improvement at a two-month follow-up.