Are you sick of all of the politics on TV, radio and the internet? Has it got you frazzled? I talked election stress with Carrie and Clay on “Bold TV”
This year’s Presidential election has been one of the most negative campaigns in history. Researchers from the American Psychological Association (APA) have found that Americans are finding that the 2016 race has caused them great physical and psychological stress—in many cases resulting in negative health impacts. The APA conducted a survey and released the results last week—more than half of Americans (regardless of party) are feeling the stress of the election. Interestingly, party affiliation did not correlate with stress levels—both red and blue supporters are equally strained.
Stress can produce or exacerbate many negative health effects and conditions—including heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. When we are emotionally stressed our bodies release stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline) this can result in increased heart rate and blood pressure. If you are at risk for heart disease or stroke, it can actually precipitate a cardiac event. According to the APA, the election stress among Americans has risen to the same level as stress related to marriage, divorce and the economy. Given the results of the survey, the APA has released a statement in hopes of providing all of us with some guidance for coping!
Here is what the APA is recommending:
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Dr Kevin Campbell, MD, FACC is chief medical correspondent for Bold.global. Dr. Campbell is an internationally recognized Cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Dr. Campbell is the Medical Expert for WNCN and appears weekly on the CBS morning news and also makes frequent appearances nationally on Fox News, CBS, and HLN.