Do you avoid the news and those types of programs on TV?

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   Posted 3/11/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I just notice when I'm going through anxiety times in my life, which has been about 3 x now for several months at a time...or feeling stressed out, I cannot/will not watch the news or anything scary or negative on TV and that's like 99% of TV! I have to avoid some of my favorite drama shows, too.
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   Posted 3/11/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
yes!! Even when Im feeling good I hate the news...very morbid.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
yes i cant watch much news it can get depressing, who needs that. I also try to watch comedys as well any thing to keep a postive attitude. and laughing it is so good for you.

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   Posted 3/12/2010 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Evening,

I agree with you ! When your already stressing out about what is happening in your own life it is often a good idea to focus on taking care of yourself.
Take a break. Don't saturate yourself with stressful information. Stay informed, but take a news break. I had to do that with the economic situation as I lost over 35% of my pension plan and I am already retired. I could not listen to the evening news as it always kicked up my anxiety and I had to try to stay in the moment.

Take care and make sure you are your first priority when it comes to anxiety.


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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm going to have to break with you guys here. I try to stay informed no matter what. In the United States a good way to get your news is through Public Radio or TV. They are not alarmist, are objective, are thorough, and deliver the news in a dignified manner.

And there are no ads.

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   Posted 3/12/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   

Personally, I'm sick to death with the commercials for prescription drugs that saturate the airwaves every ten minutes...also the follow up commericals that are for law firms that will sue these drug companies if 'you or a loved one have died' from taking the prescription.  I'd like to be there when the first call comes in from the grave.  I'm not thrilled with the 'medical condition' commercials either.  Not good for health anxiety people like myself.  These disturb me much more than the news, even though I must admit watching our retirement fund shrink to almost nothing does make me wonder where I want to set up our sewer grate with a box over it.  Some place nice and warm, I guess.  I'll stick to sit coms and mute the stupid commercials.  Never thought I'd be jonsing for a nice car wax commerial.

Geez, just as I was writing this post, a commerical from the "Heavy Hitters' and Avandia deaths.  No wonder so many of us have become meda-phobes.



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   Posted 3/12/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I so agree about the drug commercials and then ambulance chasers right after...i like to keep informed but i dont like watching it alot or would really depress anyone imho...lyn
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   Posted 3/12/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the commercials. I actually prob shouldn't watch as much TV, we didn't have cable for years, just basic which I liked but my husband wanted sports. So I find a lot of negative stuff on. I should get out more, or go see family more, I wish they did live a little closer! I like to stick to HGTV it's nice, but then again it can get me hyped up b/c I want to sell my house, but one thing at a time!
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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, when my anxeity was at it its worse..i avoided anything and everything on TV that had to do with mom had passed away that year and didn't wanna see or talk about anything dealing with the subject...i was so scared i was gonna die too and would lead myself into a panic attack almost every day...I'm so glad I have gotten a handle on things now that and just know that its my anxeity...and try not to let my thoughts overtake my mind....i would avoid the news too sometimes cause all the crime and stuff on it would scare me too thinking something bad was gonna happen to i understand exactly what you mean!
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