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Akers: Doomscrolling may be affecting your mental health

From the constant news of the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, to the coverage of the Murdaugh trials and other violence and tragedy happening worldwide, it can be hard to avoid seeing it online.
Have you ever found yourself falling down a rabbit hole of negativity when you come across stories like this? As if you just can’t stop clicking post after post about it? 
Well, you may be experiencing a case of doomscrolling.
“Doomscrolling” is defined as “a habit of scrolling through social media and news feeds where users obsessively seek for depressing and negative information,” according to an article published by the National Library of Medicine.
“The coverage by U.S. publications with a national audience has been much more negative than coverage by any other source,” explained David Leonhardt in an article with the New York Times that revealed a study of negative news coverage regarding COVID-19.
So, with so much negativity, how do you combat doomscrolling? 
Acknowledging that negative news is everywhere is a great start. It’s also good to know that it’s okay not to read into every news story out there, especially if it’s one that surrounds violence, tragedy or negative topics that may bring you stress or fear.
“It is important to stay informed on developments in the world, but authors urge people to not become too obsessed with events that are outside of their control because of the associated health risks,” warned an article from Open Access Government.
However, if you find that you’re struggling to manage this, Clemson has resources available to you to help.
Clemson’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers a variety of services to help you take control of your mental health. From one-on-one therapy assistance and counseling to group therapy and workshops, there are many options for students to choose from.
If you are struggling with your mental health, check out the CAPS website today and give them a call to schedule an appointment or to receive immediate help.
You can find their contact information on the Student Health Services website and can choose the best option based on your situation.
Your mental health matters, so don’t wait. 
Madison Akers is a junior communication major from Easley, South Carolina. Madison can be reached at [email protected].

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