Suffering from depression? US election could be a source of stress
With days left until US Election Day, the major Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald trump, are in a tight race for the White house. But, at the same time, the election season has put many under stress in the country.
According to American Psychological Association (APA), more than half of Americans are under stress due to the presidential election. APA said 52% of adults participated in its survey acknowledged the election is a big source of stress.
The new report said the biggest triggers of stress come from social media as it becomes a platform for various political and cultural discussions.
Lynn Bufka, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy, said: “We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election.”
“Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory, Bufka added.
Meanwhile, a recent report from children’s charity said concerns about Brexit, the US election and Syrian war triggering issues ranging from personal and family problems in the UK, BBBC news report.
The NSPCC said the charity dealt with almost 6,500 cases where anxiety was mentioned as the main issue.
A spokesman was quoted in the report as saying: “Their exposure to online media and the way they are using social media [is] placing increasing pressure on them to attain a ‘perfect’ life, which is completely unrealistic and ultimately making them anxious about their place in the world.”
According to the latest national polls, the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading over rival Trump in the race. The latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll showed Clinton ahead 46% to 45%.