TOXIC ELECTION SYNDROME
Even the American Psychological Association reports that the 2016 election is “one of the most adversarial contests in recent history” — one that dominates “every form of mass media” says the group, which represent 117,500 clinicians, scientists and consultants. The shrill combo of politics and media has yielded results: 52 percent of Americans say the election is “a significant source of stress.” The toxic election syndrome appears to spare no one. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Democrat or Republican, says Lynn Bufka, spokeswoman for the organization, which found that 59 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats suffer from election stress.
The psychologists blame public argument, endless media coverage and open hostility in social media for the condition. Take a walk, they say. Spend time with family or friends. Limiting exposure to news coverage — and even the simple act of voting — is a panacea.
“Whatever happens on Nov. 8, life will go on,” advises Ms. Bufka.
But it’s complicated. The public remains uneasy about the nation itself.
“With the presidential election less than a month away, 28 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. This continues the low satisfaction levels that started near the end of the George W. Bush administration and have persisted under President Obama. Satisfaction remains significantly below the historical average of 37 percent since Gallup began measuring it in 1979,” reports Gallup. And the partisan divide: 8 percent of Republicans, 24 percent of independents and 49 percent of Democrats say they’re satisfied with the state of things.
“Americans’ low satisfaction level could affect voter turnout on Nov. 8. When citizens are frustrated with the way things are going in the nation, they may be motivated to vote for change. Alternatively, their frustration could discourage them from voting,” the poll noted. Mate predate the founding of this country. Being known by your job title was a sense of pride,” the petition advises.
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The American Psychological Association reports a spike in electionrelated stress, but says voting can help alleviate symptoms.