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Chronicling TraumaJournalists and Writers on Violence and Loss$
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Doug Underwood

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036408

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036408.001.0001

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New Challenges, New Treatments

New Challenges, New Treatments

Trauma and the Contemporary Journalist-Literary Figure

(p.192) Epilogue New Challenges, New Treatments
Chronicling Trauma

Doug Underwood

University of Illinois Press

This epilogue considers the lessons that might be taken from the lives of journalist–literary figures that would be helpful to psychologists, journalists, and the researchers who study the impact of trauma, stress, and risk-taking experiences on today's journalists and their emotional well-being. It also examines some of the challenges confronting contemporary journalists and writers in the face of various economic, demographic, and technological pressures. In particular, it discusses the ways that digital computing is altering the traditional culture of journalism—for instance, the world of the newsroom and the activities of the professional journalist. It also looks at the implications of a host of other factors that assault our psyches, such as threats of terrorism, video and televised violence, fear of crime, increases in divorce and broken families, and illegal drug use and gang hostilities. Finally, it evaluates the prospects for new treatment options available to journalist–literary figures suffering from mental health disorders and other psychological effects of traumatic experience, including psychotropic drugs that combat depression and anxiety.

Keywords:   literary figures, trauma, mental health, journalists, writers, digital computing, journalism, stress, risk taking, newsroom

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