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Does anyone else feel completely overwhelmed by the election? I don’t care what your party affiliation, presidential elections (and their accompanying nastiness) can be a huge source of stress for many people. Even if you aren’t involved in a campaign, it’s tough to get a break from the candidates’ ads on TV, postcards in the mail, talk on the radio, and posts in the blogosphere. Commentators’ rhetoric and opinions are often enough to push me right over the edge. Does the same thing happen to you? Do you have PESD?
What is Pre-Election Stress Disorder*?
- Underlying or overt feelings of worry or anxiety when exposed to campaign coverage
- Preoccupation with the political campaign and coverage/inability or difficulty turning off coverage of the election
- Feelings of fatigue surrounding political talk/un-heathy lack of interest in the election (i.e., becoming so frustrated you no longer want to vote)
- Disappointment, disgust, or depression surrounding either: 1) The state of our country 2) The integrity of our people 3) Your own future
- Desire to spend the next two weeks in a foreign country with earplugs and a sleeping mask on
Any of these things sounds like you? Well, you might have PESD! Tune in tomorrow and I will give you some tips for coping.
*Disclaimer: I made up Pre-Election Stress Disorder – it is not a real psychiatric diagnosis. However, the stress, worry, and anxiety that folks feel around this time every 4 years is very real. If worry and anxiety about this (or other) issues are negatively affecting you, please contact your health care provider.