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Anxiety and Elections


What have you noticed about your feelings and behavior in relation to election seasons?

Therapist and author Steven Stosny, in an article for Psychology Today coined the phrase “election stress disorder” or ESD - a kind of takeover of the adult, rational brain by the more emotional toddler brain which is highly susceptible to emotional influences. Have you read the headline news about the election and found your blood pressure rise and your mood change? Do you find your inner peace shaken by the stress of America’s election season?

How do we set boundaries for our own mental and emotional health, as well as have meaningful conversations with others when so much weight and importance is placed on a political event? How do we create the kind of atmosphere that will help ourselves, our communities and our country?

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