My piece this week for Thai Enquirer:
In August, a user posted on Pantip, Thailand’s most popular online forum with the topic: “When you’re following politics so much it makes you stressed, what can I do?” She added: “I’ve already been depressed for a year. Reading political news everyday and seeing all the news about conflict makes me so anxious.”
She’s likely not the only one who has been experiencing anxiety and mental fatigue from Thai politics in 2020. A study in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry recently found that “mental health outcomes following collective actions can be comparable to natural disasters, terrorist attacks or armed conflicts.”
Politics is a stressful business.