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Post Election Stress Disorder: Is It a Thing? | Psychology Today

 The American Psychological Association (APA) has conducted a yearly “Stress in America” survey during the past decade and just released Part 1 of their findings for 2016-17. The results are not pretty. Overall, stress levels among Americans have increased and are higher than at any time during the past 10 years (including the recession years starting in 2008). Americans are simply stressed out! The majority of Americans in the survey pointed to our nation’s political climate as a source of increased stress

 

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has conducted a yearly “Stress in America” survey during the past decade and just released Part 1 of their findings for 2016-17. The results are not pretty. Overall, stress levels among Americans have increased and are higher than at any time during the past 10 years (including the recession years starting in 2008). Americans are simply stressed out!

The majority of Americans in the survey pointed to our nation’s political climate as a source of increased stress with more Democrats than Republicans feeling stressed by politics. But the majority of both Republicans and Democrats admitted that they were stressed by concerns regarding the future of our country. The report found that increased stress levels have also resulted in higher incidences of both physical and mental health symptoms including headaches, feeling overwhelmed, anxiousness, and depression. Respondents also had much more concerns for their personal safety than in the past as well.

All this has led some to speculate that many are experiencing what has now been called Post Election Stress Disorder (PESD). While quality evidence-based research takes time to complete and publish (especially with our peer review system used in the sciences) preliminary data seems to suggest that this notion of PESD is real and is “a thing.” So many people seem to feel disheartened, discombobulated, and distressed by our political climate and the future of the nation. And their stress symptoms may lead to potential troubles in their personal, social, and occupational functioning as well. (Read the rest at the link below)

 

Source: Post Election Stress Disorder: Is It a Thing? | Psychology Today

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