Steph Barnes
April 22, 2017 5:08 pm
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If you’ve been feeling more anxious than usual lately, and tempted to just hide under the covers every time you catch a glimpse of the news, you’re not alone, friends. Although it’s been a few months since the elections, many are still struggling to cope with the lingering effects of Trump’s election.

According to a new survey, a majority of Americans are still suffering from post-election anxiety. Yes, it seems we are officially a nation on edge. “Trump anxiety” is in fact very real and is having multiple mental and physical health ramifications on Americans as we approach the president’s first 100 days mark next week.

The new survey, conducted by Radius Global Market Research and commissioned by CareDash, an online healthcare portal, is titled, “Nervous Nation: An Inside Look at America’s Anxiety in the Age of Trump.” It polled over 2,000 adults ages 18 and older in March of this year about their feelings of anxiety as they relate to the current administration.

According to the survey, as we get closer to Trump’s 100th day in office, 59% of Americans report being at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results, with nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans aged 18-44 reporting feeling anxious due to the results. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) agree that having Donald Trump as president is causing more people to have anxiety.

The survey found that an array of anxiety-related symptoms are afflicting the American public, including depression, weight gain, suicidal thoughts, trouble sleeping, relationship distress, resentment, anger, and feelings of nervousness. It also found that more and more people are trying to cope by engaging in unhealthy behavior, such as drinking alcohol, smoking, overeating, or partaking in unnecessary arguments.

Now more than ever, with more than half of Americans more anxious than they have ever been and currently “looking for ways to cope with the negative political environment,” it’s important to share our stories and help each other to find healthy coping mechanisms. Because at the end of the day, the rising anxiety due to the current political climate is a common thread that binds us all.

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