Stress heightened from 2020 election than 2016 |

Stress heightened from 2020 election than 2016

Miguel Octavio
Created: November 02, 2020 10:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Election stress this year is higher than 2016, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association.

Results show 68% of adults said the U.S. presidential election is a significant source of stress. About 52% cited the election in 2016.

The effects are sometimes referred to as election stress disorder. While it's not a scientific diagnosis, the concept is real, according to Dr. Robert Bright, Mayo Clinic psychiatrist. 

Mayo Clinic recently addressed the challenges associated with election stress in a recent article. Dr. Bright notes messages displayed on campaign ads can incite anxiety and fear, thus affecting relationships and work performance. 

Bright said a major cause of election stress stems from feeling of being out of control. 

Voting in the election is one way to feel in control but staying connected with loved ones, with even just a text, can help, Bright said. It's normal to feel overwhelmed but reaching out for professional help may be necessary if it's causing depression. 

"We've got to figure out how can we control what is controllable... One thing we can do with this election is we can vote."

The survey conducted by The Harris Poll also shows election stress applies to 76% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents.

It also found 71% Black adults referred to election stress this year compared to 46% in 2016. 

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