Dealing with 'election stress' disorder

If you're feeling anxious about the election, you're not alone. Psychologists say the symptoms come around once every four years and can affect people who do not normally have anxiety issues.

HOUSTON - Are you feeling anxious about the election? You’re not alone.

Psychologists say the symptoms come around every four years and can affect people who normally don’t have anxiety issues at all.

“I have some level of worry that person I did not vote for might win,” said voter Jay Campbell. She’s concerned about the potential outcome of the presidential election.

“And that terrifies me,” said Campbell. She’s taken rather extreme steps in order to manage her fear.

“I took some money out of my pension account in case the stock market crashes,” said Campbell.

According to the American Psychological Association, the election is a source of significant stress for more than half of all Americans.

Research says those of us who use social media may be even more prone to election-induced anxiety because of the constant flow of information.

Psychologist David Genac says it’s not limited to those with pre-existing stress.

“There’s a lot of people that don’t even have anxiety disorders that are really stressed about the results of this election,” said Genac.

Like with other types of anxiety, medication may be an option for people who find election stress interfering with their daily lives. Otherwise, Genac relies on what he calls “grandma’s rules," which includes exercise, eating right and putting it all in perspective.

“A lot of times you’ll get really stressed out and worried about things that don’t end up happening in reality,” said Genac.

Even worriers like Campbell have learned to cope. “If I do feel stress, I can go meditate somewhere,” said Campbell.

Psychologists also suggest turning off your TV and other devices.


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