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Election Stress Disorder, The American Illness Now

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Democratic or Republican? Have you already made up your mind yet?

Election year again, and it has just the same pressure as ever. Election gives much stress to the citizens as much as it gives the candidates. With the future of the states at stake, no one can escape the pressure of making the right decision of electing the right person as the leader of the country.

With the bitter exchange of accusations and foul words between the two electoral candidates, more and more people are heading to psychologists and other specialists, saying that the election is getting on their nerves. The competition between the two is affecting the lives of not just their families, but the lives of the people in every state of the U.S as well. The rippling effect of their heated competition raised a lot of stress levels among the people.

Dr. Joe Taravella, a licensed clinical psychologist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation said that there’s a lot of fear that is involved in this political process and it’s been going on for the better part of the last two years. He added that the process is invoking a lot of fear, a lot of resentment, a lot of irritability, that’s masking a lot of anxiety and powerlessness. He also said that the democratic political process has been going on forever. It will come and it will go. We might not like the outcome, but over time, we need to feel that we are making gains and we are moving forward collectively as a country. Anxiety is running high, emotions are very intense, and everyone is going to see what happens in this election.

Coining the term “Election Stress Disorder”, psychologists said that if letting this anxiety took in your system, it will really cause a great trouble. This type of fatigue is barely new and not even uniquely American. Studies show that one in four Americans feels less productive because of the discussions regarding politics, hence wasting time which should be allocated for work-related activities.

Dr. Pete Sulack of Knoxville, Tennessee, a chiropractor and founder of StressRx.com also said that the polarizing that we are dealing with will affect the stress centers of our brain, specifically the limbic system, which is the emotional center. That really affects the chemistry and physiology of the body. Sullack further said that we should restrain ourselves from the use of social media since the media is bombarding our emotions. Taking a break for self-relaxation would do better.

The people’s most important role in a country is choosing the leader who will rule and dictate the future. It may be a bit of pressure but, making the right decision is worth the pressure and resentment.

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