Election Stress Disorder

The Washington Post recently wrote an article about what the American Psychological Association is calling Election Stress Disorder. Here is my take on the issue and what I have seen in my professional and personal life. How has this election season taken a toll on Americans' mental health? In part this depends to what extent people are following the news. For those who are more highly engaged and watch cable news, are on social media a lot or listen to talk radio it seems to have a greater effect. Those individuals appear to be more emotionally invested and thusly the election has brought about more frustrations, strains on relationships, and in some situations, increased anxiety. As elude

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Margery Boucher, MA, MS, LPCS North Texas Counseling and Education Center, 2014.