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Extent of Boston bombings media coverage can cause stress

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It's safe to say that most people watched, listened, and read more coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings than anything else this week.  

Many American's eyes were glued to their television sets, computer screens, and newspapers as the week played out, and a 24-hour manhunt neared conclusion.

Whether it was unavoidable or pulling at you, it may have caused mental stress.

The question is does constant news, social media, and web coverage of the Boston explosions and other tragic events overwhelm its viewers?

"For some people it can have an effect on them when they keep watching it," said mental health professional and counselor, Kelly Marker, "That negative aspect of it can really start penetrating our lives and effect how we behave and how we act and how we respond to different things." 

Marker says there are many ways to deal with stress and anxiety that can come with hypervigilence.

"Self care is very important, said Marker. "Everything from sitting down and drinking a glass of water and taking a break from the events to just getting outside to eating right, self care really is the key to reducing stress in our lives." 

Marker added that it helps to pay attention to those who helped during the tragedy, focusing on the positive, and for some people simply shutting off the television is necessary.

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