Chest Pains, Xanax And Nightmares: How The Election Is Taking A Toll On The Electorate
Americans are experiencing extreme election-related stress, and experts say it's not going to go away on Nov. 9.
Los Angeles Times:
Feeling Anxious About The Election? Here's How To Cope With Election Stress Disorder
Are you suffering from election stress disorder? It seems like everyone I know has it. Last week my kindergartner woke up at 5 a.m. with nightmares about “two people running for president.” One friend wrote on Facebook that she is barely sleeping at all and now fills the pre-dawn hours canning fruit. I’ve heard reports of chest pains and short-term Xanax prescriptions within my circle as Nov. 8 draws near. (Netburn, 11/4)
This Election Will End. The Mental Damage May Not
More than half of Americans are experiencing election-related stress comparable to that often attributed to work, money, or the economy, the American Psychological Association has said. And while the good news is the presidential contest will end next week, the bad news is that because of the ferocity of the campaign, the mental damage may linger. And for some groups, it may get even worse—depending on who wins...The hope is that once this election is over, and the constant barrage of negativity via television, radio, and mobile phone ends, things may return to some semblance of normal. But not everyone is so optimistic. (Shanker, 11/4)