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Fuel for depression: I get paid when bad stuff happens

It’s 6:32 am and I just had an epiphany: I spend too much time thinking about what’s wrong.shutterstock_220316770

I’m a journalist so it goes without saying that that’s what I get paid to do. We write about what’s wrong. Have you seen that commercial where the kid says to his buddy, “My dad’s company didn’t get hacked today.” That’s not news.

So, basically I have spent the better part of the last 30 years focusing on what’s wrong, why it’s wrong and whether or not anyone is trying to fix it. That’s kind of messed up.

I wonder if programming my brain to focus on the negative has contributed to my depression. I re-read my last few blog posts and realized this is how I think. There is a fine line between being skeptical and cynical and after 30 years of covering what’s wrong in the world, that line is blurred.

Focusing on what’s wrong makes me mad and frustrated. That certainly can’t be conducive to being happy, joyous and free.

I wish this had dawned on my 29 years ago but it didn’t. So now I’ve got to figure out how to stop focusing on what’s wrong before and after I leave the newsroom. I don’t know how I’m going to do this but if you have any suggestions, feel free to pass them along.

Have a great day!

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Fuel for depression: I get paid when bad stuff happens


Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a journalist for 35 years. She is now an investigative reporter for The Palm Beach Post. In 2006, began writing a blog for PsychCentral called Depression on My Mind. Her latest blog, Addiction Matters, draws on her 19 years of sobriety and her coverage of the drug treatment industry in South Florida.


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Stapleton, C. (2015). Fuel for depression: I get paid when bad stuff happens. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 20, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/depression/2015/09/fuel-for-depression-i-get-paid-when-bad-stuff-happens/

 

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