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Study: Stress And Even OCD Symptoms On The Rise After 2016 Election

Research from Baylor College of Medicine indicates that, following the 2016 election, many individuals have reported intrusive thoughts — and even ritualistic behaviors — associated with anxiety and stress related specifically to the state of politics.

Parent and activist Travis McGee addressed a crowd of people at the HISD meeting while the board was in closed session and before a scuffle erupted with police officers.
Parent and activist Travis McGee addressed a crowd of people at the HISD meeting while the board was in closed session and before a scuffle erupted with police officers.

No matter how you associate politically, it seems fair to say that since the 2016 presidential election, politics have been especially fraught with conflict and seem to be increasingly present on people’s minds.

In fact, politics may be so much on people’s mind that it causes them an undue amount of stress similar to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, according to new research.

The research indicates that, following the 2016 election, many individuals have reported intrusive thoughts — and even ritualistic behaviors — associated with anxiety and stress related specifically to the state of politics. And the symptoms are present no matter what party you align with.

To find out more, Craig Cohen talks with Sandra Cepeda and Eric Storch from Baylor College of Medicine and learns how this data might be used in the future.

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