Watching more television around these violent events led to a higher likelihood of acute stress.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new health breakthrough, which has shown that watching violent images in the media may have led to rising sickness in America—both psychological and physical. It stems from collective traumas like mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and wars. Researchers say graphic images could have chronic consequences for mental and physical health.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/what-you-watch-could-make-you-sick), study participants who watched more than four hours a day of television about 9/11 and the Iraq War reported stress symptoms over time. For 9/11, those who watched more than four hours a day in the weeks following had diagnosed physical health problems two to three years later.
The researchers assessed their health before the 9/11 attacks and assessed them after the attacks, at the start of the Iraq war, with regular follow-ups.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “What You Watch Could Make You Sick,” reports that acute stress is that which occurs in the first few weeks after an event. Post-traumatic stress sets in after a month has passed. About 12% of the 1,322 participants reported high levels of acute stress related to 9/11, and seven percent related to the Iraq War. Watching more television around these violent events led to a higher likelihood of acute stress.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that what it shows is that exposure to graphic media images is an avenue through which trauma can be spread throughout the U.S. it is, quite simply, not good. Now, with mass shootings and violent episodes increasingly in regularity, it presents some danger to society. Couple that with the fact that images can be easier than ever to access, especially through smartphones and social media, and that increases exposure even more.
Think about newscasts filled to the brim with disturbing images; that’s on more of a daily basis. Then add any major events around the globe, some of which are not caused by humankind. Tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes are just a few destructive forces that have left searing images burned into many minds. Exposure to vivid, disturbing scenes has, in this case, been linked to stress in the body that is a hidden cause of a vast array of health ailments.
(SOURCE: “Repeated exposure to traumatic images may be harmful to health,” UC Irvine, Sept. 4, 2012.)
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