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Your ‘Doomscrolling’ Breeds Anxiety. Here’s How To Stop The Cycle : NPR

“With too much time on our hands, some people are spending a lot of time seeking out bad news. It’s called doomscrolling. Dr. Janet Johnson from UT Dallas talks to Good Day about why people seek out bad news.

3 Minute Podcast and Full Story of excerpts below at Source: >Your ‘Doomscrolling’ Breeds Anxiety. Here’s How To Stop The Cycle : NPR

“This self-destructive behavior has become so common that a new word for it has entered our lexicon: “doomscrolling.” The recent onslaught of dystopian stories related to the coronavirus pandemic, combined with stay-at-home orders, have enabled our penchant for binging on bad news. But the habit is eroding our mental health, experts say.

Our minds are wired to look out for threats,..The more time we spend scrolling, the more we find those dangers, the more we get sucked into them, the more anxious we get. That grim content can then throw a dark filter how you see the world..Now you look around yourself, and everything feels gloomy, everything makes you anxious. So you go back to look for more information.

“Aldao, the director of Together CBT, a clinic that specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, has worked with her patients to cut back on doomscrolling.

Click on the source link above to see her advice

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” Deepak Chopra

Covid-19 cases by age: Why more young people are getting sick – Vox

Mixed public health messages and misunderstandings of risk haven’t helped.

Full Story at Source: >Covid-19 cases by age: Why more young people are getting sick – Vox

“Nationwide, “the average age of people getting infected is now a decade and a half younger than it was a few months ago,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a July 6 press briefing.

This seems to already be happening, with assisted living facility cases climbing in Houston and Phoenix, as well as in Florida now. “We first see it in the community, and then we see it in the residents and staff, and then you see the deaths,” David Grabowski, a health care policy expert at Harvard Medical School, told the Wall Street Journal.

“A higher percentage of young people — and a lower percentage of elderly people — getting infected could seem like a good thing. For one, it should mean fewer deaths. It also should mean less strain on the health care system and its workers. But in the states with larger outbreaks, including Arizona and Texas, hospitals are already getting overwhelmed with young and old alike.

“The social isolation of shutdowns also seems to be taking a much higher psychological toll on younger than older adults, and is potentially driving them to gather in risky indoor settings. A CDC study in May found that nearly half of all 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed had been feeling at least some symptoms of anxiety or depression — a higher proportion than for other age groups (which was closer to one-third for those 30 to 59). (The CDC now also offers specific guidance for teens and young adults who might be struggling.)

Read much more at source link above.

“It is only when I am alone that I really feel connected to the entire universe.”
― Nurudeen Ushawu

The wonderful mountain skyline of Austria, partly hidden in clouds and mist.

Anxiety makes us bad decision-makers. Here’s how to do better – CNN

>How Does Anxiety Short Circuit the Decision-Making Process? – Psychology Today

“Anxiety is on the rise globally amid the pandemic, and it can interfere with our ability to make decisions. Experts say, however, there’s a lot you can do to manage anxiety — techniques you can use to feel better and make wise choices. Here’s how.

Full story at Source: >Anxiety makes us bad decision-makers. Here’s how to do better – CNN

“Anxiety often goes up in any moment where our bodies perceive a real threat,,, It certainly makes sense in the middle of a pandemic. For many, anxiety is something that you know when you feel it. The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as an “emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Other physical symptoms can include a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, sweating and trembling.

“While anxiety is distinct from depression, another mood disorder, it’s common to experience symptoms of both at the same time. There are several main types of anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobia-related disorders. And while the symptoms of anxiety can be deeply unpleasant…the emotion is actually an essential tool our body uses to get us out of dangerous situations. “Anxiety, as a biological response, is a state of fight or flight…Escaping from a lion? The hypervigilance associated with anxiety can help.

“But while that heightened awareness and vigilance makes biological sense …the emotion also erodes our ability to make well-reasoned choices. When you have a lot of anxiety you actually have trouble making decisions. That’s something I’m seeing in my clinic…Patients are having trouble figuring out: ‘Is this a good decision or not?’ And that’s because their brain is not fully on to be able to make decisions.

“That’s concerning: As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, many are facing daily decisions with high stakes for their families’ lives and livelihoods.

Learn more how to deal with anxiety and make good decisions in the full story at source link above

Practice paying attention to your thoughts and the judgments that your mind tends to make. Don’t try to stop or resist them, just curiously notice them. The Mind is like a label maker.>I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal

>Drumsoul on Mindfulness


COVID-19: Psychiatrists ‘More Than a Match’ for the Pandemic

>Google Search on Medscape.com Psychiatry and Coronavirus

Full story of excerpts below at Source: >COVID-19: Psychiatrists ‘More Than a Match’ for the Pandemic

“Tackling the COVID-19 crisis will require psychiatrists to lead, establish trust, and provide care with competence, honesty, and compassion, said the president of the American Medical Association…Leaders in psychiatry are uniquely positioned to combat a wave of disease misinformation, address inequities in care, and meet the logistical challenges of safely meeting patient needs as the outbreak continues…

“Myths, rumors, and conspiracy theories lead to “more illness and death,” she said, at a time when most Americans say they’ve lost trust in the federal government and even in other American citizens…Fortunately, people still trust us – their doctors,” she added. “We fight for science, we call out quackery and snake oil when we see it, [and] we are willing to counter the propaganda of the antiscience voice.”

Physicians are ranked among the most trusted professions because they are committed to seeing, acknowledging, and sharing patients’ human experience, “and of course, I believe we do that as psychiatrists more than most..

How To Manage Coronavirus Anxiety: Life Kit : NPR

(Dr. Brewer’s Coronavirus Anxiety Update Youtube Playlist. Click on “Youtube” in the video to see the whole playlist on the right. See below for more Dr. Brewer’s Youtube site and website)

14 Minute podcast and full transcript at: >How To Manage Coronavirus Anxiety: Life Kit : NPR


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

“A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

“Welcome and entertain them all!
(Continue reading poem at >The Guest House by Rumi)


“Toilet paper hoarding. Obsessive cleaning. News bingeing. Sometimes panic can be as contagious as a virus. Dr. Judson Brewer, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at Brown University, is doing his part to help us manage coronavirus anxiety with practical advice in his daily YouTube updates.

“Life Kit host Shereen Marisol Meraji spoke with Dr. Jud about what’s going on in the brain when we’re anxious, how to get our “thinking brains” back online and how not doing anything can actually be helpful to those around us.

“Dr. Jud, everyone, including me, has been saying, “Take a deep breath” or “I need to take a deep breath” way more lately — to the point where I feel like it’s becoming a little bit cliché. But you say this actually works?Yes, this is how our brain works. Fear is a normal adaptive response, but fear plus uncertainty makes our brains spin out in anxiety.

“And the best way to get our physiology calmed down and our thinking brain back online is literally to take a deep breath. If we can understand why fear is a helpful adaptive response, we can understand how taking a deep breath can help.

Fear helps us learn. For example, if we step out into the street and we almost get hit by a car, but step back just in time, our fear response here reminds us to look both ways before crossing the street. We get revved up [and anxious] when the newer parts of our brain, the thinking and planning parts of the brain, don’t have accurate information. And [the newer parts of the brain] start spinning out into these “what if” worry loops. You know, “What if this happens? What if that happens?”

If we can notice that we’re starting to spin out and take a step back and see that our brain is just trying to get control where there’s uncertainty, we can try and get our thinking brain back online.

We can try to literally calm our nervous system down by taking a deep breath or feeling our feet as a way to ground ourselves in our direct experience. You’ve talked about how the prefrontal cortex in our brains needs very clear information. And we’re in a place right now where information is changing rapidly. So what’s going on in the prefrontal cortex while all of this is changing… (continue reading at source above)

In today’s Coronavirus Anxiety Update video, you’ll learn the following: -Why people have been buying what seems like a decade’s worth of the toilet paper in the grocery store, and why when you see them, you suddenly feel the urge to buy toilet paper yourself.

-The mechanics of reward based learning, which underpins all of our anxious thinking and behavior. -The role of the neocortex in anxiety. The neocortex is the part of the brain involved in thinking and planning. -Why a lack of information leads to anxiety, and how fear + uncertainty = anxiety

-The role of social contagion and why it leads to anxiety and panic spreading more rapidly -The problem with your prefrontal cortex going offline You’ll also learn how to practice good mental hygiene. There are 3 key steps to this: -1) take a deep breath (or 3). This helps you literally calm your nervous system so your brain can have time to stop spinning out and get back online. 2) Ground yourself in the present moment by feeling into your hands or feet.

Your feet aren’t the place in your body where you feel anxiety, so they’re a safe place to help you ground in the here and now 3) Rinse and repeat. 

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