How to prevent political depression or fatigue
While not a true medical diagnosis, “political depression” may be finding its way into homes and hearts by way of the television, internet and in-person interactions. For some, it may even fall into the category of a depressive disorder. Therapist Dede Norungolo, LPC, shared tips for recognizing and preventing political fatigue that can lead to depression.
“Regardless of one’s political party affiliation, a variety of fears may be triggered by the constant campaign commercials, town halls, rallies and debates. Those fears being triggered may be ramping up our collective anxiety and leading us to a more depressed state,” said Norungolo.
How to know if you are suffering from political depression or fatigue?
If you find yourself constantly checking media outlets, your email or social feeds for political updates, those actions may be causing political fatigue. Signs that you may be overloaded and overwhelmed by political content can include:
- Higher blood pressure than usual
- Weight gain or loss
- Feeling of anxiousness
- Worried feelings
- Mood swings
- Disrupted sleep hygiene
How can you prevent political depression or fatigue?
Norungolo offered these tips to avoid political depression or fatigue.
“An additional helpful hint to relieve stress and anxiety during this political cycle may be to introduce a “technology timeout” at home with limitations to television and internet for periods of time, such as dinner time or before going to bed. Researchers also encourage individuals to become more active with exercise and volunteering,” said Norungolo.
Symptoms of depression may also be increased this year due to the separate struggles that come with a pandemic. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, don’t hesitate to reach out and talk to a mental health professional.