Monday, September 21, 2020

Study links rising stress, depression in US to pandemic-RELATED losses, MEDIA CONSUMPTION

   It's been so obvious this widespread harm would result from the terrorizing media coverage.  As  had been intended.  What else to expect when a war is being waged against all of humanity by those that desperately want to hold onto power.

  Pay particular attention to the fact that is is recommended you limit consumption of the 24/7 fear porn, presented by the media, for the sake of your own mental health. I've suggested as much here, but, perhaps you require some authoritative exhortations?

Wake up from you slumber.  

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 LINK- excerpted from a report that appears in Science Advances

Irvine, Calif. - Experiencing multiple stressors triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic - such as unemployment - and COVID-19-related media consumption are directly linked to rising acute stress and depressive symptoms across the U.S., according to a groundbreaking University of California, Irvine study.

The report appears in Science Advances, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"The pandemic is not hitting all communities equally," said lead author E. Alison Holman, UCI professor of nursing. "People have lost wages, jobs and loved ones with record speed. Individuals living with chronic mental and physical illness are struggling; young people are struggling; poor communities are struggling. Mental health services need to be tailored to those most in need right now."

In addition, the research highlights the connection between mental health and exposure to media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting the need to step away from the television, computer or smartphone to protect psychological well-being.

"The media is a critical source of information for people when they're faced with ambiguous, ongoing disasters," said Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychological science and one of the study's principal investigators. "But too much exposure can be overwhelming and lead to more stress, worry and perceived risks."

With funding from a National Science Foundation RAPID grant, Holman, Silver, and co-investigators Dana Rose Garfin and Rebecca R. Thompson conducted a national survey of more than 6,500 U.S. residents in March and April 2020, as illness and deaths were rising around the country. Using the NORC AmeriSpeak panel, the study was the first of its kind to examine early predictors of rising mental health problems across the nation. The design let researchers evaluate the effects of the pandemic as it was unfolding in real time.

"Over the course of the study, the size of the pandemic shifted dramatically," Holman said. Accordingly, people surveyed later in the study period reported the highest rate of acute stress and depressive symptoms.

The UCI team's findings offer insights into priorities for building community resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Those with pre-existing mental and physical conditions are more likely to show both acute stress and depressive symptoms.
  • Secondary stressors - job and wage loss, a shortage of necessities - are also strong predictors in the development of these symptoms.
  • Extensive exposure to pandemic-related news and conflicting information in the news are among the strongest predictors of pandemic-specific acute stress.

"It's critical that we prioritize providing resources to communities most in need of support right now - the unemployed, poor or chronically ill people, and young people," Holman said. "We also encourage the public to limit exposure to media as an important public health intervention. It can prevent mental and physical health symptoms and promote resilience."

 "We also encourage the public to limit exposure to media as an important public health intervention. It can prevent mental and physical health symptoms and promote resilience."

6 comments:

  1. It is ALL an exercise in manipulation. Individuals do not like the "one size fits all" mold of fear porn being so freely dispensed by the bought-and-paid-for media.

    I do watch mainstream TV regularly but the minute the covid crap comes I am gone. Why waste my time on lies and inaccuracies? Once you know it is all lies and skewed numbers, why waste your time?

    I was at my daugher's home yesterday. They don't have MSM but some other tv connection with NO ads ever. Not a word of Covid. Might be worth the investment...

    I still don't mask unless it is really mandatory (like a visit to a doctor or optometrist). Worn the one I was given twice so far. Oh, it lived on the floor of my car for a week. Ooopsies. I tend to make conversation openers when forced to stand in line. Amazing how maskers tend to ignore it, non maskers get into a fun level conversation of truths intended to... "eddercate" the ones behind the fabric.

    Of course I worry about this mess. But not personal fear. It is what is being DONE, how people accept up in Canada, it is the future for my delightful infant grandson and his in utero sibling. But I don't let that keep me from enjoying him! I am the only person allowed in that home besides those 3 (4?)

    I mean, how can folks not be scared if they watch JMSM. EVERY newscast begins with depressing inaccurate elevated misrepresented stats despite the lessening of whatever they call this mess. You go into YouTube and right there... Covid rules for Canada. You go into almost ANYTHING, ANY page, etc, and first off are covid rules.

    This bogeyman is just another golum created to destroy us and advance (((that))) agenda. Don't let em tell ya otherwise.

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  2. I don't wear a mask and so far have been banned from a clinic, an Apple store and a day spa. When I go to the mall I sometimes thank other non mask wearers for "not wearing a mask". It makes both of us feel much better. I don't watch anything about CovID on the news or television..but, sadly, that's about 80% of every newscast. How long can they keep it up, especially knowing that their coverage is harming people far more than the Plandemic.

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  3. I don't own a TV, but who needs one? Slow readers, I guess. I like scanning the online MSM news, especially the plethora of polls. 83 percent of Canadians are FOR mandatory masks and 88 percent are AGAINST protests.It makes me feel quite special -- once the urge to hurl subsides.

    It pays to pay the media, eh?

    https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2020/09/21/majority-of-canadians-support-wearing-masks-during-covid-19-oppose-protests-poll-2/#.X2m2MRBKiUl

    Like Gwen, I've been banned; I've been threatened and I've also been treated with kindness. Shopping these days is like crapshooting. Sometimes you win; sometimes you wish you'd stayed at home where "mature folk" are told we belong in these days of dire crisis and abject snivelling panic.

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  4. Sorry, I meant to say Greencrow. Not Gwen. Good lord, maybe I'm coming down with something. I'm so frightened - NOT. But I do seem to have short-term memory probs these days. Too much dire input, maybe.

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    1. Yaya, I haven't been "banned" yet! Although I just returned from our veterinarian's office to pick up meds for our two dogs. I forgot that I was supposed to sit in my car and call for someone to come out. I did that this summer with each dog on their regular visit, but it didn't occur to me that I have to do that just to pick up meds. The lady at the desk asked, "do you have a cellphone?" Not sure what the point was and not trusting anything anymore, I said, "yes, but it's at home (even though it was in my purse). Do you need my phone number?" She said, "no, but we are not allowing anyone to come into the office at this time." Stifling an eyeroll, I apologized for my misunderstanding (remain in car for anything). My patience for putting up with this stupidness is wearing thin.

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    2. Gwen " My patience for putting up with this stupidness is wearing thin."

      I know exactly what you mean!

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