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By Shannon Pierce
No matter who you are voting for or which political party you are for, no matter if you are pro-Donald Trump or pro-Hillary Clinton, this may just be the most stressful election yet. We can't turn on our televisions for a moment without seeing an advertisement for or against a certain politician. We can't turn on our televisions for a moment without catching a glimpse of a television reporter explaining the latest scandal going on in the election. It can be confusing, stressful, and even aggravating to endure.
In a recent survey, The American Psychological Association (APA) says 52% of adults who participated acknowledged that this year’s presidential election is a large source of stress. Lynn Bufka, Ph.D., APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy, told FOXBusiness.com, “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.”
Aside from all of the television media we discussed, we haven’t even touched the surface of the social media world. According to recent studies, nearly four in ten adults (38%) say that political and cultural discussions on various social media platforms make their “blood boil.”
Survey findings also show that election-related stress does not confine itself to a certain demographic. Reportedly, Hispanics are most likely to say that the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress at 56%, followed by Whites and Native Americans at 52% each.
Even hospitals are having to ban political discussion after certain patients were feeling “uncomfortable.” Jessica R. Swiatocha, the manager of wellness services & cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Southampton Hospital in New York explained to FOXBusiness.com that intense political debates and uncomfortable patients led to the hospital’s decision to hang up a sign barring election discussions. It may sound silly to some, but for patients recovering from heart attacks and other serious conditions, stress can decrease their immune response, increase blood pressure, cause irregular heart rhythms, and anxiety.
The pharmaceutical companies are capitalizing on all of the stress symptoms, advertising to be prepared for election day with Excedrin and other forms of ibuprofen. These advertising moves were based off of research on America’s stress. “We talked to Americans across the country and uncovered that 68% said the 2016 Presidential Election has caused more headaches than any other election,” Scott Yacovino, senior brand manager for Excedrin, told FOXBusiness.com.
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