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2016 presidential election causing significant stress for majority of Americans, study says

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NEW YORK — Is the presidential election stressing you out? You aren't alone!

A new study from the American Psychological Association shows more than half of adults in the United States are feeling stressed because of the rivalry between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during this election.

"It is very much so because I am so disappointed about the discourse, the ugliness," New Yorker Marie McNamee said Friday.

Whether you are a #NeverTrump or Clinton hater, the idea of the opposing candidate winning is causing serious anxiety.

Laura Panetta said out of every election she's voted in, this is the worst.

"Yes, this is the most stressful," she said.

According to Dr. David Straker, a psychiatrist in Manhattan, social media and the 24-hour news cycle are making election stress worse.

"I've definitely seen an increase in stress levels and anxiety levels amongst a number of my patients," he said. "Patients are saying that they are often thinking catastrophically. That things are going to change tremendously in the upcoming year. They have a lot of fear, they are having difficulty sleeping."

The study from the American Psychological Association showed social media users are indeed feeling more stressed; 54 percent versus 45 percent who stay offline.

And there is stress on both sides of the aisle. The study showed 59 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats are greatly affected by this election.

While nothing will make this election go away before Nov. 8, there are ways to reduce some of the stress.

Experts have recommended that people take a digital break. Check once or twice to stay informed but that's it. Avoiding political discussions with friends, family and co-workers can help. Getting involved with things you are passionate about can also take your mind off politics.

Dr. Straker said realizing there will be stability in America after the election can help reduce stress. He said he tells his patients nothing catastrophic will happen.

Straker recommends going out to vote on election day.

"That gives them some control. At least they can do something," he said.