Recent News Can Be Overwhelming; Here's How To Deal With It
Recent events in the news may have left you feeling overwhelmed. The shootings in San Bernadino, the attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, and attacks in Paris may not have affected you directly, but non-stop TV coverage and social media bring them closer.
How do you deal with it?
"It is a normal reaction to be horrified," says Seth Norrholm, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and NS faculty member at Emory University. "It's a normal reaction to be fearful initially."
Norrholm says the statistical odds of something happening to you are quite low. But irrational fear of a mass shooting or terror attack can snowball. That's why Norrholm says it's important to keep perspective...and stay away from 24 hour news coverage if you're anxious.