Therapist Offers Advice On Avoiding Political Blues
MANKATO, Minn.-- Politics are found in almost everything that we do, and because of that Americans should be knowledgeable about what affects them.
With the primaries approaching, constant talk of debates, campaigns, policies and pressure on who to support, can all be quite daunting.
Minnesota Mental Health Services Therapist Andrew Archer said the consumption of political information and how we communicate on the topic, can be jarring to individuals.
"We live in such a hyper-polarized time politically, and we're inundated with messages, in a way that historically humans never have been."
Discussions and debates on politics are not bad, in fact, they can be healthy, but when it is too much on the brain, it can become toxic and possibly lead to depression.
On KEYC News 12's Facebook page, we asked you if politics are too in your face nowadays.
Poster Josh Kafka said "The only words that come to mind are fatigue and hopelessness. It's a pervasive topics that everyone is confronted with almost daily, and it is almost always negative," said Kafka.
Yvette Dodds said, What also adds to the stress is the constant pressure to help make the change. So people are pressured to be up to date with everything, thus exposing them to the bombardment of negativity," said Dodds.
"And the let down when they realize they don't control it."
Like many political issues, there is always a solution, if you take a step back and analyze.
"With depression in general, I mean so much of it is kind of an envelopment within yourself, so it's a critical thinking of you being you and about your experience of being you," said Archer.
"So one of a ways of managing that is a less self–focus, cause it's not about you, it's about the impact on some of your citizens or all of our peers."
-- KEYC News 12