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Election stress? Tune out, breathe deeply, doctors say

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>> We are a nation that is seriously troubled.>> Is the election keeping you up at night? You're not alone, and some people are even seeking professional help. Reuters reporter Alana Wise, spoke to therapists in six states and the nation's capitol about the state of our collective psyche.
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>> What I found is that people have been complaining to their doctors about increased anxiety over worries about the different candidates. Overwhelmingly, it seemed to be a lot more fear about Trump than Clinton. People were complaining to their doctors about difficulty sleeping and restlessness and just general increased anxiety, and some symptoms of anxiety include heart palpitations, irritability, and a host of other unfavorable symptoms.
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>> If you are so sick, if you get the worst report you could possibly get from the doctor you'll be gone by the end of November, I don't give a damn, show up and vote on November 8th.>> The antidote, tune out the noise of 24/7 news and tune in to a little namaste.
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The shrink suggesting yoga, deep breathing exercises and meditation to ease our national agita.>> The doctors I spoke to are telling me that they have not seen anything like this before in an election year. And a number of them actually likened some of the stress to stress they saw after huge events.
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One doctor mentioned the return of Sky Lab to Earth in 1979 that had people fearful of being hit by falling debris. 9/11 was mentioned as a type of event where people feel really out of control and at a loss and are really at a risk for increased anxiety, much like what doctors said they've seen this election cycle.
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>> While there's no hard data to quantify election related stress, Clinton and Trump are the two most unpopular candidates in modern US history, with some 57.5% of Americans having an unfavorable view of Trump and 54% feeling likewise about Clinton, according to Reuters lpsos polling.>> And the yoga classes, right?