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If the election is wearing on you, The Doctors share that you are not alone and offer tips on how to cope with the stress and anxiety related to voting in 2020.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula says "election stress disorder" might not officially be in any diagnostic manual, but notes it is something many people around the country are dealing with. She says it is more related to an adjustment disorder. The psychologist shares that her patients are experiencing confusion, irritability, stress, and anxiety around the elections and some patients will spend up to 10 minutes per session talking about it.
To cope with this disorder, Dr. Durvasula recommends to stop bingeing the news and to set limits on when and how much news you consume each day. She also says turning off pop up notifications and alerts on your devices will help to minimize unwanted stress
She notes focusing on your own life, family and career will be a better use of your energy. She says if you still feel the need to do something then volunteer with a group or campaign that aligns with your views.
She adds, "Just find a way to volunteer in your community to feel you are a part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. Contribute to the kindness, that is within your control."