Experts in mental health are seeing high stress over the daily drumbeat of news—not surprisingly, especially among opponents of Donald Trump and people who feel targeted by the new administration. While many reported feeling anxious during the campaign season—more than half of Americans, on both sides of the aisle, were stressed—the feelings haven’t subsided in the early days of the new administration, as some thought they might.
Millions of Trump supporters are, of course, jubilant. For others, the cascade of headlines can bring on “hypervigilance,” the sense that “you have to stay on edge all the time, waiting for the next thing to drop,” said Vaile Wright, director of research and special projects at the American Psychological Association.
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