Dealing with Post-election Anxiety

SELINSGROVE -- Whether it be social media, talking to your children about the election results, or concerns about the election in general, many people have anxiety.

We spoke with a psychologist about many of the concerns some people are having.

It's hard to scroll through social media this week and not see a post related to the presidential election. Now that the election is over, some Democrats and Republicans have hostile attitudes toward one another.

After the results of the 2016 presidential election, half of our nation cheered, while the other half felt disappointed. But the people spoke and Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

Some students at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove are nervous about that, including Beatriz Fuentez-Montes. Her parents came here from El Salvador and she was born in New York.

"I feel as though the environment for us isn't safe anymore," Fuentez-Montes said. There are people who are already targeting us who are saying inappropriate comments. They're already saying, if you don't agree with certain things, get out of the country as if it's a joke. It's not a joke to us."

"There's a lot of worries that people have that can't be answered right now, but looking towards others to talk about what your fears are," said Dr. Nicole Quinlan.

Dr. Quinlan is a psychologist at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. She knows some people are having a hard time dealing with the election results and many are taking it out on social media.

"You see a lot of outrageous attitudes, but also you see the difference between two groups of people: those who didn't vote for Trump but also the group of people who did," said Marquise Richards, a junior at Susquehanna.

Dr. Quinlan does not necessarily think that is unhealthy.

"That depends on each individual person and knowing for yourself what your triggers are and what your limits are."

Dr. Quinlan also has suggestions for talking to younger children about the election. She believes the most important thing to do is to start a conversation.

"Maybe our candidate didn't win and we're sad about that, or maybe ours did and we're happy, but there are other people on the other side and it doesn't feel good when you don't win or your team doesn't win or your candidate doesn't win."

Dr. Quinlan says children pick up on what the adults around them are talking about so she recommends controlling your emotions when discussing the election. Also, if you are feeling anxious about the results, Quinlan recommends doing an activity to distract yourself.

6 comments

  • Sandy

    WOW… So tell me.. What kind of therapy are they offering the blue collar workers that put up with the last 8 years of being ignored by Obama ??? Yep I guess your free ride is over .. Our stress relief is long over due .. I’m proud to be of the hard working class .. That right , listen to Lee Brice’s song .. Drinking class .. Work hard all week , then enjoy a beer .. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirt on your boots either ..

  • Jose Sanchez

    One question for miss Montes, did your parents come here legally? If they did you have nothing to fear my dear!

    • Vince Foster

      Of course, the primary was rigged by the DNC and Debbie Blabbermouth Shultz against Bernie to have crooked Hillary nominated

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