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Posted By : kellyinCali - 10/2/2017 10:40 PM
//At least 59 people were killed and more than 527 injured in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said. Sunday night's shooting is the deadliest in modern US history.//

How do you process news like this? What are the best coping skills to use except to not watch the news coverage? I feel extremely nervous and pessimistic about the world I live in.

Posted By : Steve n Dallas - 10/3/2017 4:43 AM
Here's a related story:

How To Talk To Children about Shootings: An Age-by-Age Guide
www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/how-to-talk-to-children-about-shootings-an-age-by-age-guide/ar-AAsNwLy?li=BBnbcA0

Posted By : Anxious Scientist - 10/3/2017 9:09 AM
Kelly, I suggest shutting the t.v. off.

When I used to live with my parents, they would play the news and CNN constantly. All I heard about was stuff like this and the horrors of the world.

When I moved out of my parents house, I didn't have actual television. I have a t.v. with Netflix and movie access, but I don't have cable yet. Even so, I don't watch the news, I don't read the news, I don't pay attention. I see some stuff cross facebook and some stuff on my phone (news headlines) but I don't actually follow the things going on.

This can be negative and positive. The downside is I don't know ANYTHING that is going on. I hear stuff, but that's it. The positive? I don't hear all that daily malarkey. It is amazing how much more free you can be, shutting off the negativity.

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 10/3/2017 10:19 AM
K in C,

It is absolutely incomprehensible to us how something like this can happen...

I agree that a balance between being informed, but not watching too much coverage must be found.

I also find that balancing the negative with positive uplifting material is crucial. The bad news is thrown in our faces 24/7 it seems...but stories of good being done are there too...though you have to seek them out.

My faith helps me through (more than I even realize) these situations as well. If you have a higher power...seeking it through prayer and/or meditation is key.

Peace and progress for us all...

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : RISEagainst - 10/3/2017 1:26 PM
I think it's important for everyone to follow news. International, national and local. People need to learn how to develop coping mechanisms. Can't do that by ignoring the world around you.
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After spending 2 weeks in the hospital I decided to have surgery. First of 2 Jpouch surgeries was September 2nd 2016. Takedown was February 1st 2017.
It's not easy but what is? Well, other than having a healthy colon.

Posted By : Hopeful86 - 10/3/2017 2:51 PM
My fiancé woke up at 2 am to tell me. It triggered immediate anxiety for me which led me to have awful anxiety all day. I just don’t do well with news like that and he knows it. He doesn’t understand how to gently ease into things. He made me thinks something wrong personally happened.

I agree, we can’t shield ourselves but I also know I am the best judge of what and how much I can handle. I limit fb and news when my anxiety is heightened and this is no different.
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Posted By : kellyinCali - 10/3/2017 5:26 PM
Thank you, everyone, for your input. I used to want to be an "informed" Citizen and and able to have intelligent conversations about current events. I now only have Netflix and the internet. Of course, my Mom had to call me and tell me about the news and then my curiosity got the best of me so I googled and read the stories and watched the videos which did absolutely nothing for me except make me feel pessimistic about the world I live in. It also increased my anxiety about ever going to "crowded events." I think those of us with a propensity for anxiety need to be on the information diet at all times. News can quite literally higher your blood pressure. Additionally, our thoughts affects the cells in our bodies = Science. smile I for one have to work very hard (now, after life kicking my butt so many times) to be bright sided.

Posted By : theHTreturns... - 10/4/2017 4:11 AM
news is rot. i mean, they actually show people being killed nowadays. if it does not contain death it is not aired. viewers equal bums on seats on planes......if ya get the analogy. will stop, as i will get grumpy.

Posted By : cilly - 10/4/2017 11:31 AM
That's true Kelli,I get extreme anxiety when read news online or watch news on TV.

Shootings worldwide and esp.America is so becoming a norm that ppl have been desensitized.
In Edmonton Canada a van rammed over ppl the similar day.

It makes me extremely sad what a sad and sick world we live in.
We cannot avoid news as it affects us all.

But public reaction of horror is becoming a norm and ppl are getting more super superficial as everyone cares for own and not humanity.

ANYWAYS thats not my business.
Atleast I am not that way and I mourn for victims and get sad for several weeks .

The strangers helping each other is amazing and says positive side of humanity and shines in this tragic loss.
Look at the crime shows being aired everyday on TV and NETFLIX ,that says something about social change in our society now a days.
Hope you pause to watching news for few days and feel better.
Cilly

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 10/4/2017 12:16 PM
Has anyone ever said it better than this?!?

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

Fred Rogers (Mr.Rogers)

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : kellyinCali - 10/4/2017 2:45 PM
The "helpers" are Angels. Some risked their own life to "cover" (protect) their loved ones and even strangers.

Posted By : theHTreturns... - 10/4/2017 7:07 PM
a bigger issue needs to be addressed, and because i know the rules of hw i will leave it alone.

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 10/5/2017 9:42 AM
I know HT...

...and thank you. I appreciate your dedication to the rules.❤

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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