(CBSNEWS) — As the most vicious and divisive presidential campaign in recent history finally culminates this Election Day, there’s one thing most people — Democrat or Republican — can agree on: This election season has been stressful not just for those running, but for everyday American people.
For many across the U.S., election anxiety is real, and there’s evidence — along with anecdotes from mental health professionals — to prove it.
According to a survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) released last month, 52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.
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“We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,” Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy, said in a statement.