From the time we wake in the morning until we fall asleep at night most are bombarded with the negativity of tragedy and potential tragedy. On the "Good Morning" news shows we are informed of the severe weather on the way, the destructive storms, devastating life situations, horrific auto accidents, plunging stock markets, fires resulting in fatality, abused children and much more. Many spend several hours watching "reality" shows that thrive on the dysfunctional behavior exhibited by "housewives". While Haves and the Have Nots, Scandal and other Television shows serve as our leisure entertainment, such entertainment often subconsciously encourage unhealthy responses in the viewers life.
Graham C. L. Davey, Ph.D. an expert in anxiety shares that the emotional content of films and television programs can affect your psychological health. It can do this by directly affecting your mood, and your mood can then affect many aspects of your thinking and behavior. Dr. Graham says if TV program generates negative mood experiences (e.g. anxiety, sadness, anger, disgust), then these experiences will affect how you interpret events in your own life, what types of memories you recall, and how much you will worry about events in your own life.
For some depression and anxiety can be avoided by:
1. Making changes in the things you receive into your psyche,
2. Establishing and maintaining healthy outlets.... friends and/or family you can talk to on the various levels from cliche to vulnerability,
3. Establishing, nurturing, and maintaining relationship with God.
However, for many depression is much more complicated and it's necessary to seek assistance. Usually when a person's body malfunctions or just stops working as usual, with little thought the person will schedule an appointment or rush to the emergency room to get help. But when one's mind malfunctions or just stops working as usual, when one is severely depressed, stressed or overwhelmed with anxiety rather than scheduling an appointment or seeking emergency care, the person will attempt to continue life as usual in-spite of the mental disturbance. Some will make attempts to self medicate with alcohol and drugs. And unfortunately some will seek to end it all by means of suicide. If you or anyone you know is experiencing the following symptoms, please seek professional care.
1. Ongoing sadness or irritability
2. Loss of interest or enjoyment in daily activities, including sex
3. Decrease or increase in appetite and weight
4. Poor sleep or sleeping too much
5. Feeling restless, anxious or worried
6. Feeling tired or like you have no energy
7. Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless or guilty
8. Trouble concentrating or making decisions
9. Physical symptoms that don't respond to treatment
10. Thoughts about death, maybe including thoughts about suicide.