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Newell Normand: PTSD from elections, like soldiers in combat? Really!

25% of Millennial say they have PTSD from 2016 election, Study says

Newell Normand
October 26, 2018 - 12:40 am

25% of millennials say they have post-traumatic stress disorder because of the 2016 election. PTSD from an election?  What’s next?  Do you take elections that seriously that it impacts you like military service and combat, serious road accidents or violent personal abuse or assaults?   Is this something that's being driven by social media?

Here are some of Newell Normand's HOT TAKES:

Researchers have said 25% of the students they evaluated reported clinically significant levels of stress as a result of the 2016 election.  In the run up to the election, everyone was so sure Hillary Clinton was going to win.  All of the polls revealed that.  So there was an unexpected outcome. 

As a result of this surprise outcome, they're saying there are significant levels of PTSD.  65% said there was no impact, and 10% said they saw a positive impact.  However, a quarter were so taken aback by the Trump election that their symptoms would be deemed a medical condition.

It was deemed serious enough to affect their work and social relationships.  Many universities gave students a day off, provided counseling, provided all sorts of support in order for students to get back on track.

With the 2018 midterms basically upon us, will we see something similar?  Do people take this so seriously that we're not able to process the outcomes appropriately and deal with them?  Do people believe a certain result is expected, because of what they're seeing on social networks that when the actual results come in they are completely, totally in a state of unrest?

Most of the students, who responded, said they consumed their news from social media.  And that's something that psychologists warn is a big factor in millennial anxiety.  Social media fuels extremist, angry pockets among like-minded groups.

Do you feel that way?  Do you think if an election resulted in an outcome you weren't expecting or didn't like…that you would have post-traumatic stress disorder?

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