Ailment: Persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, despondency.

Odd Cure: News & social media avoidance.

Rationale:  Depression is a serious mental illness and medical care should be used in severe cases. Although the contribution of news and social media to inducing depressive symptoms is uncertain, a short experiment (ref) and an article (ref) suggest news avoidance may be a good thing. Additionally, a study out of the University of Missouri reports Facebook envy can cause depression (ref) and further, a second study reports news journalist are at risk for stress and depression (ref). Although, news and social media are not likely to be the sole cause of depression, avoidance of the negativity from these factors might provide a boost to one's spirits.

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