Study: Too much bad news can make you sick

It's hard to escape the 24 hour news cycle thanks to smartphone apps and social media. But it turns out consuming too much bad news can be bad for your health. (CNN Photo)

It turns out consuming too much bad news can be bad for your health.

Posted: Jun 3, 2018 11:46 AM

(CNN) - Over the past year, your news feed has been inundated with hurricanes, volcanoes, and deadly mass shootings.

It's hard to escape the 24 hour news cycle thanks to smartphone apps and social media. But it turns out consuming too much bad news can be bad for your health.

It causes a stress response, and repeated stressful exposure without enough time to recover can wear out the mind and body.

A psychotherapist specializing in trauma recovery says chronic stress can cause adrenal fatigue. Which leads to symptoms like headaches, poor sleep, anxiety, and depression.

Physical and emotional health isn't the only concern. An overload of traumatic news can also lead to disaster fatigue, making us less concerned and more apathetic to a crisis.

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