OU Psychiatrist Offers Tips For Treating Election Anxiety


Wednesday, November 4th 2020, 10:43 pm
By: Erica Rankin


The back and forth of this election is raising the anxiety level across Oklahoma and the country.

A doctor offered up advice on handling election anxiety.

With the election results still unknown for the presidential race many are feeling stress and anxiety.

Doctors said they have seen an increase in patients coming in telling them about anxiety and stress caused by this year’s election.

“Honestly my anxiety has been through the roof,” said Rachel Shadid, who lives in the metro.

Dr. Britta Ostermeyer, with OU Health, said these feelings are normal and many people have them right now.

She said the exact cause of the feelings is different person to person.

Ostermeyer said if you feel anxious you should make sure you get good sleep, eat well, practice self-care and think logically.

She also suggested people limit their exposure to social media or the news to one hour a day. She said that will also help reduce the anxiety.