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Michael Ellenbogen
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 7:17 AM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 2475


 I hate to talk politics but for the first time in my life I am afraid to speak about it ore even say who I want to vote for. I once place a bumper sticker on my car but would not dare to do that today for fear. I feel like this country is so divide and I just cannot understand why people cannot see the truth of what is happening to this great county that I love. We are more divide then ever and it makes no sense to me. I have not hatred towards anyone but so many are just looking for an excuse to get into arguments over stupid issues. We all have a right to our opinions but we all should not let our opinions dictated the country.  I really hope this change soon as it is adding more stress then the dementia does.  


Iris L.
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:08 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16100


I hear you, Michael.  Ordinary discourse has gotten to be hostile.  Long ago I stopped watching the news, also late-night talk shows.  I require peace and quiet or I won 't be able to function-at all.

Iris L.


Iris L.
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:40 AM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16100


Michael, after more thought, I decided your concern deserves more of a response.  I believe many PWDs live in a state of free-flowing anxiety because their cognition doesn't allow them to put things together the way they used to, and they are constantly "lost."  Distractions from the outside world only tend to heighten the lost feeling.  I have said before that, IMHO, PWDs should live in a bubble, with limited contact with distractions and upsetting things.


I have had and still have anxiety.  I use my anxiety-relieving techniques to ameliorate the anxiety.  They do work for me.  I also work to keep upsetting things away from myself.


I know this is common because many PWDs and many care providers post about anxiety and fearfulness. 

I hope you can find some peace and relief too, Michael.


Iris


Michael Ellenbogen
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:17 AM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 2475


Thanks so much Iris,

 

The answer would be easy to stop listening to news but sadly I have always been a news junkie and always listened to it all the time. 


Unforgiven
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:37 AM
Joined: 1/28/2013
Posts: 2551


This is not an irrational fear, Michael.  I would like to put one of those 'don't tread on me' flag stickers on my truck bumper but have decided not to for fear of provoking road rage.  I do not, to my knowlege, have dementia, but I have learned to keep quiet about political beliefs.  I don't watch political pundit dhows either, because the one-sided commentary frustrates me.  I do have a mild anxiety disorder, and I can only imagine the distress felt by people who have more trouble processing life than I do.
Iris L.
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:34 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16100


Michael, then the question becomes, which is more important to you, being a news junkie or living in a state of constant anxiety and fear? Only you can decide how much grief you are willing to tolerate in your own life.  I realized there is nothing I can do to change what's going on in the news, so why am I letting it take up so much space in my mind?  Are you getting persistent thoughts about the news?  This must stop, Michael!


If you can moderate, do so.  If you are greatly bothered, cut the news out completely.  Take a news siesta.  Fortunately, this is something you do have some control over.  It will be hard, like dealing with being a workaholic.  But you can do it.  Find a substitute activity.  Perhaps something to do with your hands that takes you away from the tv.  Also, think about listening to music instead of radio news and talk shows.  That's what I do.  Also, I am getting ready for another trip.  I'm going to Egypt.  The pyramids await!


Iris


Michael Ellenbogen
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:43 PM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 2475


Thanks Iris but I could never give up listening to the news radio. I am addicted.  
Michael Ellenbogen
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:45 PM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 2475


I never been to Egypt. Have great time. I need to cut back on trips until I sell my boat and build my house. 


jfkoc
Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 10:31 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 17258


I have started to hone down my news watching.....I was watching all three news networks trying to get a balance but now just one from each. Usually the 10p (CST)
 
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