Can bad news affect your well-being?

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(WQOW)– It’s important to stay informed about what’s going on around the world, but just like anything, too much can be a bad thing.

Lately it may seem like all you’re seeing is bad news with the recent limousine crash that killed 20 people, Bill Cosby’s sexual assault cases or various shootings.

A behavioral counselor at L.E. Phillips Libertas Center, Corina Fisher said taking all this in 24/7, can really take a toll on some people, and could lead to something called “disaster fatigue.”

Fisher said some people might feel sick to their stomach and feel anxious if they take in too much of this bad news.

“Start to think that bad things are the norm instead of those specific worse case scenarios they become the norm for people,” Fisher said. “I think that can lead to a lot of feelings of being just overwhelmed with what’s going on in the world.”

Fisher said it’s important for people to remember these things are on the news because they aren’t the norm.

She said it may help some people if they stop watching the news all day and focus on watching the local news and not spending as much time on the national.

She said it’s also important for people to look for the good news rather than focus on the bad.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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