Is that story in the news robbing you of sleep at night?
Even though you know better, do you find yourself needing to read every article, blog post, FB post or Twitter post about the story and its horrible aftermath?
Are you obsessively watching ongoing coverage and/or engaging in
emotional conversations about the story?
Do you find yourself feeling stressed, frustrated, or overwhelmed by the details of the story?
If so, its likely that you have experienced a form of MEDIA-INDUCED PTSD.
Media consumption during times of personal, national or even global crisis can be traumatic. Some mental health experts are now calling it “media-induced PTSD” from too much exposure to news and media following a traumatic event(s).
The US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD reports that children and adults who watched the most post 9/11 coverage had more stress symptoms than those who watched less.
Todd Essig, a clinical psychologist who blogs about mental health and technology for Forbes, believes PTSD from social media is a genuine possibility. He points to studies showing media-induced PTSD following Sept. 11, and he mentioned that some children who kept re-watching footage of the World Trade Center towers collapsing, did develop PTSD.
Trauma/PTSD/post-traumatic stress disorder are all terms that the general public is becoming more aware of with each passing year. If you or someone you know is experiencing physical symptoms like high blood pressure, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety and other out of the ordinary physical issues, you may be experiencing media induced PTSD.