Depression: Turn Off The News

By Latest Reply 2008-10-30 18:14:40 -0500
Started 2008-10-28 23:28:14 -0500

I am so worried about the economy, and every morning I turn on the news and I hear about the election and the taxes and the middle class people, that I get scared and very depressed. And I have family members that constantly want to talk about it, and I get worse. I just want to run away and hide from it all.
Since 9-11, I have taken to watching the news for hours every day. Worried about what was coming and how it was going to affect our lives, and the lives of all our friends and loved ones. I have gotten Obsessive about it, and now; I can't stop watching, But I get more anxiety attacks and depressed every day.I am so worried about this years elections, cuts, strategies; insurance, medicare, social security and the middle class people like most of us. What is happening? Maybe it is just I am paying more attention to this years election.

7 replies

sparkysmom 2008-10-29 12:38:50 -0500 Report

I get most of my news from BBC America. I try real hard to just watch an hour a day. After 911 I watched news 24/7 for a couple months. Then I quit. Now if something major happens my Sister calls and tells me to turn the news off.

GabbyPA 2008-10-29 02:11:35 -0500 Report

Yeh, the media, all of it, is pretty much a bunch of paid monkeys. Paid to make the story fit the group with the most $$$. I am like KD and don't believe most of what is said. I have had on two occassions direct words from my mouth on local TV news get applied to a different questions or used only part of my answer to make it sound different from what I really said. That turned me off years ago to it.

There are much more reliable less mainstream reports and sites out there. However, there is a lot of junk going on, so even if you hook up with those, you might still get that anxiety.

Here is what I do...I get prepared. I worry when I see a threat and don't know what to do about it. So whatever it is that is making you feel anxious, devise a plan to be prepared against it.

Everyone has a fear, but if we face it and get our butts in action instead of wondering, we feel better. And if we overreact, oh well. At least we were ready. And if we acted and prepared and things happen, then we are more ready than the worry worts of the world who did nothing.

It is like the Aesop fable of the grasshopper and the ant. Be the ant.

If you are interested in hearing what we as a family and small group of friends are doing to be ready....drop me a note. I will be glad to share with you some of our stratigies and I would be thrilled to hear some of yours.

kdroberts 2008-10-29 00:56:47 -0500 Report

I did the opposite. I used to watch the news and read newspapers regularly, then I moved to the US and was shocked at how appalling the news really is. 99% of it is not news. Sensationalized, yes. Speculation, most definitely. Untrue, in a lot of cases. Badly reported, very much so. All this "Are you going to die tomorrow? Find out how to tell and how to stop it, tonight at 11:00" is just nonsense. I still read it online from certain sites that have a more balanced, worldwide view but even then you kind of have to pick and choose.

Put it this way, if something bad is going to happen it will happen. However, chances are it will be completely different to what got reported on the news.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-29 01:00:58 -0500 Report

When you sit down an actually think about what you just said, your right!!!Thanks for letting me see the other side of things…

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Debe Pendice 2008-10-28 23:40:33 -0500 Report

Depressions, I am learning to live with it. At one time in my life I was a very active person. You couldn't keep me down. I was get up and go. Now adays I am disabled(never in my wildest of dreams did I ever think I would be like this) I couldn't imagine what it would be like for someone to sit all day. Well here I am just learning to walk and sit most of the day. I too watch the news 24/7. If I was back in school I would be a scholar.(LOL) I am dissapointment in this election. I really can't do for myslf much, but these are the people that are handling my future. Is it good or bad. Am I still going to have insurance after this or not, The stress never ends. I think if I was busy I would not be thinking all the time or watching the news 24/7 . But I'm in this position and that what I do now. What are we suppose to do if we turn off the news? What a comedy just so they could interupt it with a news special. I feel the same as you do Claudia…

2008-10-28 23:55:03 -0500 Report

You know, we sound a lot alike; I, too was a very active person; actually, bi-polar, manic; It is so hard for me to sit and rest; but, now out of necessity I am also forced to stay down, or in a wheel chair, and I still have to deal with my highs and lows; That is so difficult; my mind never stops, my body never stops. My husband is very concerned because he knows what I am not supposed to do; but, if I can find a way, to get myself out of the wheelchair and hang on to something I will do it, and Yes, I usually get hurt. But watching this news hurts more!!!!!!

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