Markets React To Fake AP Tweet- Anxiety In America- Psychotherapist Reaction


The Boston Marathon bombing, a fake AP tweet stating there’s been a terror attack on the White House leaving the president injured which quickly torpedoed a market reaction – two completely different topics. Right? From this psychotherapist’s eye who analyzes hot topics in the news from the mental health lens, I see the similarity in emotional reactive response.

During my interview on FOX Business Network with Neil Cavuto Tuesday April 23rd, 2013, I shared that “Anxiety is the most common mental illness in America . . . we are like a beaker full, bubbling, and the moment something happens . . . poof, we bubble-eth over”.

We expect something; whether it is safety (e.g., assuming we can be in a public place and there will not be a bomb), whether it is that a stock will go up when we believed it would. It is with our expectations of what will or will not happen that when our expectations are unmet and the ‘other’ occurs,  that we experience a feeling of instability, we feel out of control, thereby triggering an anxiety response.

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Follow Dr. Karen on Twitter or Facebook. Media Psychotherapist Guest Expert; Relationships, Parenting, Hot Topics In The News. Appears on FOX News Channel's: The O'Reilly Factor, FOX & Friends, FOX & Friends FIRST, America Live, Hannity, and FOX Business Network's: Cavuto. Regular go–to for FOX News Boston including the Ask Dr. Karen segment. Also appeared on The Steve Harvey TV Show, and more. Reliable Radio guest expert. Columnist. Often quoted in various print media: FOX Business, FOX News Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald,, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo Shine, Parents, Parenting, CNN, TIME, Woman's Day, Men's Health, USA Today, and more. Owner/Founder/President: Dr. Karen Ruskin & Associates, Inc. Based in Massachusetts. Author of: 9 Key Techniques For Raising Respectful Children and Dr. Karen's Marriage Manual. Copyright 2012.


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