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Affected by ‘Headline Stress Disorder’?

Are you affected by "headline stress disorder?" It’s not a real mental health diagnosis, but it has been discussed at the National Institutes of Health. News travels faster than ever. There is more competition for your attention and your loyalty, but it can be at a price if the news you consume keeps you agitated, angry, depressed, and worried. Combine this reality with our ability to share news with others in seconds, and you have a recipe for experiencing palpitations, insomnia, anxiety, depression, endocrine disorders, and hypertension. If this sounds too familiar, monitor your news consumption. Keep a record of what you read, watch, and listen to for a few days. Experiment with cutting back, and if you don’t make progress in reducing exposure and reduced symptoms, speak with your EAP or a professional counselor.

UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 7/21/2021

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