Post election digital distress is wrecking friendships, on Facebook and elsewhere, and making many people feel extremely anxious and stressed out about following the news. Clinical and Forensic Psychologist Judy Ho (DrJudyHo.com) gets it and says the stress can be attributed to the raucousness of the post-election political environment.
“We have this nonstop news cycle and there’s so much happening in the first one hundred days. We’re not used to it and there’s really no chance to get OK with that so it constantly feels like we’re waiting for the next thing to drop.”
Dr. Ho says it’s not just the 60 percent of despairing Democrats feeling the pain.
“Trump supporters are not immune either. In fact, about 20 percent of them are reporting the same thing. So what does that tell us? It tells us that it’s a nationwide phenomenon either way. And I think the reason why Trump supporters might be feeling that way now is basically they constantly have to be on the defense.”
Dr. Ho says a good way to help alleviate your stress and feeling of alienation from the world is to plan more face-to-face time with your friends.
Dr. Ho was a guest on 790 KABC’s McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells