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North Texans Feeling ‘Election Stress’

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) –  Thousands of North Texans made their votes count Tuesday at the polls.

But along with a sense of patriotism, many voters say they’ve been feeling “Election Stress.”

“I feel good! I’m happy! I’m proud, I’m just ready for it to be over, “ said Jacqueline Balka, who voted in Fort Worth.

She and many other are relieved this day has finally come.

“It seems like there has been a lot of stress in the air, some on Facebook, some when you talk to people out and about,” said Tiffany Martin. “And I just think today is a really good day to get it all over with and find out who the winner is.”

Psychologists say it’s a real phenomenon. Dr. Tim Barth, Director of the Center for Applied Psychology at Texas Christian University, say the long election cycle, which began months ago is just part of the reason for election stress.

“Then if you add on top of it things like social media,” he said. “I know a lot of friends are talking about the elections on social media. They are unfriending people, they’re having fights and now what you have really is long period of a lot of emotional distress.”

A bombardment of negative ads on television and social media are the other part of the problem.

“Just the coverage is overwhelming,” said Beth Gingras. “It’s everywhere you go, You cannot get away from it.”

Psychologists recommend taking breaks from television and social media.

Voters say they hope election day will be the beginning of the end for their election stress.

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