blue from all the post-election drama?
are not alone.
elections have always known to cause some anxiety and stress but the effects of
this past election appear to be much more profound and pervasive.
level of stress people are experiencing is not merely reactionary but almost
is actually manifesting in myriad symptoms causing physical, mental/emotional,
and spiritual concerns.
The lingering response to the post-election mayhem has rapidly become a new
Beyond Feeling Blue
The extent to which this election has affected people both here in the U.S.
and around the world is palpable in an unprecedented way.
Medical experts have determined the ensuing effects to be deleterious with
some grave health consequences and even identified them as symptoms of a clinical condition called Post-Election Traumatic Stress
People suffering from PETSD often report bouts of depression, anxiety/panic attacks,
insomnia, heart/chest pain, high blood pressure, and blood sugar disturbances
among other physical and mental health issues.
Health professionals posit that the condition is real and serious,
warranting clinical attention and treatment.
It is further noted that people with any existing physical and/or mental
conditions may be more susceptible to the post-election-induced stress which is
not likely to subside soon.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 52 percent of
Americans have reported feeling stress over the election outcome with 23
percent rating their stress as serious as evidenced by some form of physical
and/or emotional disturbances (Barone, 2016).
Many are also reportedly having
ongoing sense of restlessness, headaches, constant uneasiness, and nervousness.
Based on these reports, the symptoms of PETSD should not be minimized nor
should they be ignored, however and to whatever degree they are experienced.
How To Recover
The election may be behind us but
people are still living its aftermath. For many, this historic event has
wreaked havoc, causing a deep sense of disconnect, fear, anger as well as sadness coupled with confusion and anxiety.
Albeit situation-specific and circumstantially derived, the ramifications of PETSD constitute a collective
trauma and must not be regarded simply as a fleeting reaction to a life event.
As with any physical and/or mental
condition, it is important to seek professional help without trying to
self-diagnose or self-cure.
Any traumatic events require requisite
time to process, understand, and heal.
It would be critical to allow ample
time to both individually and collectively grieve and mourn any sense of loss
that might have transpired out of the experience.
During these delicate times, it is
equally important for people to reach out to their support system and stay
connected with their loved ones. Communing in the feelings of vulnerability with
friends and families can often help facilitate and even expedite healing and
The world has been badly shaken up again.
This time, what we are facing is not just a bad news but
a complicated grief and loss affecting many across the board.
In the wake of the rising protests here in the U.S.
and around the world, we are once again called to join in the spirit of
solidarity and resolve as one humanity.
As witnessed many times before, what’s stronger than
any of these adversities and vicissitudes of life is the human nature to bounce
back. However bad it may seem and feel right now, there’s
still a glimpse of hope and faith in the resilient human nature to rise above
it and keep marching on – as we always have.
P. November 16, 2016. HealthZette. Post-Election Stress Disorder:No Joke. Retrieved