Therapist: How to Deal with Bad News Overdose

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- The images are unavoidable: 24-hour news coverage of the Boston bombings and manhunt on TV, and images on the Internet we can't even show on TV.

Some people can suffer emotionally by seeing too much tragedy -- like a bad news information overdose.

"There is something called 'secondary traumatization,' where a person can be traumatized, not first-hand to the event, but secondary, to what they have witnessed. With constantly watching news coverage, you can definitely have a traumatic effect," said Robyn Hill, a Beachwood therapist who specializes in traumatic experiences.

Hill said you don't have to experience something first-hand to be traumatized, especially if a person already suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression.

Hill suggests people get their dose of news in the morning and in the evening, and go about their day in-between.

"It is on all day long, so people can catch it throughout the day, but to watch it hours on end, that is definitely going to have an effect on a person's emotions," Hill said.

It's OK to stay informed, but don't become obsessed.

Of course, the people in the Boston area will bear the heaviest emotional burden.

But Hill said if people stay connected in the community, they can bounce back.

"Getting together and processing, talking about what happened will help them to feel not so alone in their experiences," Hill said.

Hill said if you find yourself having repeated nightmares about an event, develop anxiety and start avoiding specific situations you may want to see a therapist.

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