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Watching The News May Make Depression Worse

Updated on March 23, 2015

People who are already depressed may end up becoming even more depressed after watching or reading about sad or horrific stories on the news. If you are constantly seeing or hearing stories about murders, rape, robberies, disasters or fatal car accidents, it may not be good for you if you already suffer from depression. While discussing treatment options for depression, my therapist suggested that I avoid watching the news. I gave up watching and reading the news even before my therapist recommended that I avoid it. I realized that frequently viewing the news was adding to my depression and anxiety.



The News May Also Contribute To Anxiety

Hearing so many stories about crime in my city made me feel really nervous. This was not helpful for depression or anxiety as I would excessively worry about whatever I had seen or heard in the news. While giving up watching the news did not dramatically help my depression or anxiety, it did help me from feeling worse. My depression and anxiety were worse back when I was watching news stories and reading newspapers on an almost daily basis.

For me, watching the news contributed to more feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness and despair. If you are frequently watching or reading news stories, you may experience anxiety related to these stories. The news may cause some people to worry more and this is not good for those who already have anxiety disorders.


Try Limiting The Amount Of News You Consume

If you are suffering from depression, you may want to limit how much news you consume. If you really feel that you must watch the news, you may want to avoid watching it on a daily basis. Try to only watch it every now and then to catch up on what is going on. Constant exposure to news stories may end up making your depression worse. Some people like to know what it is going on locally or in the world. However, by watching and reading the news regularly, you are exposing yourself to a lot of negativity, which could affect your depression.


Search For Good News

Sometimes you may hear a good story or uplifting story on the news, but it seems that good stories are few and far between compared to all of the bad news that is reported. It may be more beneficial for someone who is suffering from depression to read about positive news as it could give someone more inspiration and hope. It might even help with feelings of depression to see or read about a good news story. If you would like to read good news stories, abcnews.com has a link for good news stories available on their website.


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      Sunshine Days 2 years ago

      You're welcome. Thank you for your comment, tsmog!

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I accept your conclusion. Thanks for sharing. :-)