Watching Tragic News All the Time Can Lead to PTSD

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These days the news is almost all bad, all the time.  Hyped by ratings, hungry news services, and greedy politicians with an agenda, news is a potpourri of tragedy and unhappiness.  I used to watch it all the time, until I noticed I was getting depressed, so I stopped watching it, except for the evening news.

(Newser) It may be possible to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder without actually being present for a traumatic event, researchers say: Watching a lot of media coverage may heighten the risk of the disorder. Researchers surveyed 4,675 Americans two to four weeks after the Boston Marathon attack. About 4.5% of those polled had symptoms of “high acute stress,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The best predictor of such symptoms: having watched media coverage of the bombings for six or more hours a day.

Having direct exposure to the attacks was also a good predictor, with “direct exposure” being defined as having been at the scene or close to someone who was. Direct exposure to the 9/11 attacks or Sandy Hook shootings also boosted the likelihood of symptoms. But media exposure remained a more powerful predictor. A direct cause-and-effect relationship isn’t clear, the Times notes, but researchers suggest that watching a lot of coverage may be a problem for people predisposed to PTSD. “People who are most distressed in the aftermath of such an event are probably more likely to engage media coverage as a way of coping,” the scientists note. “Repeated media-based re-exposures may contribute to a self-perpetuating cycle of distress.”

 Watching Tragic News All the Time Can Lead to PTSD
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3 Responses to Watching Tragic News All the Time Can Lead to PTSD

  1. Rachael Reply

    December 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I stopped watching the news a long time ago. I follow the news over the internet and the local paper for local happenings, but no more CNN or MSNBC for me. Too freaking depressing.

  2. Jess Reply

    December 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    It sure can. I just got a case of the sadz, finding out Peter O’Toole has died and Pat Robertson is still walking the earth. Why can these greats not stay alive longer than the haters dammit.

  3. Marsha Woerner Reply

    December 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hear hear, Jess

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