We offer adult psychiatry services and find that more and more patients are contacting us because they are feeling enormously stressed or anxious by current events. It is an unfortunate reality with the 24-hour news cycle that makes it impossible to get away from negative news. Whether this involves political posts, tweets or a recent shooting, all this negativity and risk can really wear on a person's emotional and mental state.
If this is causing you to feel anxious, worried, depressed or overly stressed, do not be ashamed or feel that you are alone in this. It is very common and we are here to help.
Adult psychiatry is comprehensive
We take a comprehensive approach to helping our patients that may include a combination of therapy and medication. This can be necessary to help restore a person's state of well-being. Ultimately, our recommendations are always going to depend on the patient's condition.
It is important to note that it can time to accurately determine what the right medication or combination of treatments is. Patients should be aware of that and be willing to work with us to find the right combination for long-term health.
In addition to visiting us for help, taking medication and undergoing therapy, it is also important to practice self-care on a daily basis. Those who are struggling with stress and anxiety caused by negative news can do several things to prevent constant contact with it. These suggestions include:
- Turn push alerts off on the phone so that news cannot be instantly broadcasted throughout the day
- Put a block on cable news channels so they cannot be accessed without a code or have them removed from the lineup completely
- Only watch nightly news shows that air for an hour or less to ensure that the news is not constant but digested in one sitting
- Cancel newspaper subscriptions
- Cancel magazine subscriptions that are focused on the news
- Join a book club and begin to read things that are positive and provide an opportunity for conversation that does not revolve around current events
- Let people in your immediate circle know that you are not interested in discussing current events or the news
- Practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness
- Drink relaxing tea and practice breathing exercises when encountering a particularly stressful piece of news
- Stay off social media and deletes the apps from your phone
While some of these suggestions may sound extreme, if the negative news and current events are causing such levels of stress and anxiety that they require psychiatric help, it is necessary to take these types of measures. Some people may claim that this is akin to burying your head in the sand but ultimately, maintaining a strong sense of health and well-being is simply more important.
Medication may only be needed occasionally
Some of our adult psychiatry patients are worried about starting medication because they are concerned that it is going to be needed forever. This is usually not the case. Sometimes medication is only necessary at the beginning so that a patient can reach a better state of well-being and calm. Through the practice of self-care, it may be possible to reduce medication or stop it altogether.
Improve your mental and emotional well-being today
There is no time like the present to take the important steps necessary for improving your well-being. We recommend doing so by calling and scheduling an appointment with our office. We are here and ready to provide assistance.