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Overexposure to News Causing "Outrage Overload"

June 21, 2018 - 7:45 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s a constant feeling of anger -- Dr. Russell Hyken says "outrage overload" isn't an actual diagnosis, although many people are finding the news and discourse lately very upsetting.

“It creates this anxiety because everywhere you turn, there are things to be outraged about,” he says.

Hyken says in his mental health practice, people are talking more about political events than personal events. He says if you're overwhelmed by the news of the day, limit your news intake to certain times of the day and restrict your time on social media.

“If you see somebody on Facebook or Instagram, or somewhere who’s posting things, don’t engage with them in an argument because you’re not going to get the last word in, and that’s going to frustrate you, as well,” he says.

Hyken says try channeling it positively with a call to lawmakers, or perhaps attending a well-organized political rally. And if that still doesn't work, talk to a professional about how to compartmentalize it so it doesn't affect your whole life.

“I think political protest rallies do have their place, so be appropriately selective of when you go, not putting yourself in a dangerous situation,” he says.