Election 2020

Book Your Election Anxiety Therapy Appointment Today

With so much at stake, many of us are beyond overwhelmed in 2020

Cherie Berkley
ZORA
Published in
4 min readOct 28, 2020

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Illustration: Tara Anand

I have never before considered the need for Election Day therapy, but I might for the 2020 presidential election. The last four years have been an unprecedented twist and turn of emotions and WTHs. Finally, Americans (and the world) are at the cliffhanger: Will President Trump get reelected? I suspect many people feel like they may go over the cliff if he wins, and some others will feel the same way if he doesn’t.

At least half the country probably suffered from some degree of distress in 2016, which may have worsened as Trump’s term unfolded. Election Day is the only hope many Americans (including those who’ve had a wake-up call since 2016) have had to cling to. The slow crawl to November 3, 2020 — the day of reckoning — has been nothing short of agonizing. And that’s why therapy for election anxiety is available and appointments are filling up.

“Because most people did not expect Trump to win in 2016, there is an increased sense of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming election (e.g., can we trust the polls?), and high levels of uncertainty tend to cause increased anxiety,” explains Jacqueline Bullis, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School who specializes in anxiety disorders. “With regard to the election, regardless of political affiliation, most people would agree that the 2020 presidential election is more divisive and hostile than any in recent memory.”

A 2020 Fox News poll shows that most Americans (70% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans) surveyed say our lives and our democracy are hanging in the balance with this election. A good friend broke the meaning of this election down in simple terms. She said you are either in one of two camps. You are on team America and stand for freedom, democracy, humanity, decency, diversity, and the opportunity for a better life — or you’re not. The issues at stake transcend political identity. I believe most Americans are aware of what’s at stake, but the stress of the election outcome going wrong is bearing down hard.

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Cherie Berkley
ZORA
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Cherie Berkley is an Atlanta-based multimedia journalist. She specializes in health and lifestyle topics. She is a foodie and enjoys exotic travel.