On television, on the radio and on the side of buildings, news about the war is everywhere. Technology has taken us onto the front lines and into the foxholes, and the result is not always healthy.
People with a history of anxiety or depression should watch for post-traumatic stress symptoms. Psychiatrists say insomnia and irritability are just some of the problems that could cause a panic attack. But they say they don't expect the war to stress as many viewers as Sept 11 did.
If 24-hour coverage of the war is stressing you out, some tips to unload the overload include take care of yourself, such as, eating right, exercising and getting enough rest. Do something positive, for example, give blood or take part in community meetings.
Be sociable and spend time with friends and loved ones, take time to do things you enjoy and be sure to talk to others about your concerns, that often relieves stress.
When all else fails turn off the television or radio. Experts say if war anxiety interferes with your daily life, you may need professional help. That can include counseling and sometimes medication. Talk to a doctor if your symptoms do not go away on their own.
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Source: www.nlm.nih.gov (National Library of Medicine, and National Institute of Health Web site) contributed to this report.