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As High Stakes Presidential Election Looms, Anxiety Spikes

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People watch at Gramps bar a television broadcasting the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on September 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Is the presidential election keeping you up at night? Straining your relationships? Maybe even giving you panic attacks? You’re not alone. An American Psychological Association survey found that nearly 70% of adults in the U.S. are finding the election a significant source of stress. That’s a dramatic jump since 2016, and it’s worse for Democrats than Republicans. What are you doing to calm your nerves? And what will you do if the election doesn’t go your way? We’ll get tips on how to manage these times.


Allison Briscoe-Smith, psychologist and director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Wright Institute

Farhad Manjoo, opinion columnist, The New York Times

Steven Stosny, relationship therapist and founder, CompassionPower


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