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Mental health dept warns about stress due to excessive news consumption

Mental health dept warns about stress due to excessive news consumption

BANGKOK: The Department of Mental Health has indicated concern for people who constantly follow news and social media updates to the point of stressing themselves out, noting that this is particularly the case when many serious developments are taking place.

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By National News Bureau of Thailand

Monday 7 March 2022, 09:15AM


Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

Dr Warot Chotipittayasunon, a spokesperson for the Department of Mental Health, recommends that people take in an appropriate amount of news and exercise moderation, reports NNT.

He also suggested that people perform self-evaluations to determine whether news cycles are starting to affect their daily lives or cause stress and sleep problems.

Additionally, the spokesperson said people who find themselves constantly needing to stay informed on new developments may wish to focus on other activities to relax their minds.

Dr Warot explained that people suffering from Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) can have volatile emotions and experience anxiety when not online. They generally spend more than six hours looking at screens each day and obsessively use Facebook, Twitter and other information-related apps.

Dr Warot further noted that people exhibiting such symptoms may want to consult a psychiatrist.

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Kurt | 08 March 2022 - 11:47:15

To equip Thai people education wise, make them able to analyse correctly much of the news/social media that comes in on their smart phones, Thailand has to change her education system from parroting the teachers to self free critical thinking challenged students. But that is what the few %% Sino Thai, who 'own' the country, not want. Lot of 'social distance' will disappear. 

JohnC | 08 March 2022 - 09:08:29

People addicted to social media is one of the biggest concerns nowadays and what impact it is having on IQ levels of regular users. So-called 'smart phones' are more responsible than anything else in recent history at dumbing down the general population. Well done FB, you have made more than a billion people even dumber than they already were. What a sad world we have become...

Taswegian | 07 March 2022 - 15:19:06

Is it excessive news consumption or excessive comments on the news? It has been said that the best letter to a newspaper should have a good introduction, a good ending and the two as close together as possible!

 

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