US adults in counseling are feeling stressed, fearful, depressed, and hopeless about the presidential election

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A new survey conducted by Thriveworks Counseling suggests that the election is having a negative impact on Americans' mental health.

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Are your patients talking about election-related stress?

"As therapists and contemporary healers, we are in a perfect position to address clients’ confusion and worry."

Amid a jarring presidential election and an overall difficult year, US adults in counseling are feeling stressed, fearful, depressed, and/or hopeless about the election. This, according to a survey conducted by Thriveworks Counseling and completed by 275 mental health professionals.

Based on survey results, the most prevalent mental health issues resulting from the election are stress and fear: Approximately 81% of participants said that their clients are currently talking about election-related stress, while nearly 78% said that their clients report feeling fearful of the outcome.

In addition, participants reported that their clients are feeling depressed and hopeless: Nearly 66% said their clients have reported symptoms of depression related to the election and 56% said their clients have reported feeling hopeless about it.

This survey suggests that US adults who are receiving counseling are experiencing a wide range of mental health issues directly related to the presidential election. Fortunately, the mental health professionals who participated in this survey report feeling prepared to address these issues with their clients.

“As therapists and contemporary healers, we are in a perfect position to address clients’ confusion and worry,” says one anonymous participant. “Life is very different now, compared to the past. We can help clients navigate a conflicted and uncertain world and find where they belong. When they are at their best, they can better cope and accommodate to the problems and challenges in current society.”

Read more about the findings from this survey, including how mental health professionals advise their clients to work through these difficult emotions, here.

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Taylor Bennett
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