Anxiety Overload: When depressing headlines cause a real condition

Anxiety Overload: When depressing headlines cause a real condition

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In the brunch rush at The Ruby Slipper. Allan Fonseca waits tables while most diners hold the weight of the world - in their hands.

"You walk up and say, 'Hey guys are you ready to place an order?'"

Fonseca said customers tell him they haven't even looked at the menu yet because they were on their phones.

From Facebook to news alerts and everything in between, many phone surfers are bombarded with more tragedies than triumphs in the 24-hour news cycle.

"I was working behind the bar and there was someone saying they don't like getting on social media anymore because every time they open it up they see another officer shot or something along the lines of discrimination," he said.

Diner Jessie Bolden said people create their own sense of fear anxiety and angst.

"Over time it will develop into something. People can find themselves getting sick and overwhelmed," he said.

Dr. Brobson Lutz calls it being hyper vigilant - when fear becomes obsession. It's a biochemical condition, and Lutz advises people to step away from the gadgets when information becomes too much.

"The more you talk about it and the more you share your feelings directly, you're more likely to have the normal response," he said.

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