Presidential Debate: Elections Affect Health

There’s no doubt about it: the upcoming election sure has people thinking...and talking. The first of three debates between the presidential candidates is scheduled for tonight. More than 80 million are expected to watch—and many will likely be expressing their opinions (and quite possibly, their outrage) on social media like Twitter and Facebook.

In addition to concerns about health care policy in the U.S.—rising health care costs, the opioid epidemic, etc.—and the increases in blood pressure often brought on by talking politics, does the political season affect our health in other ways? According to Dr. Sally Satel, a clinical psychiatrist and medical policy expert, the answer is yes.

Dr. Satel senses a type of "bewildered demoralization" in the country today, combined with a low level of trust in the government and strong feelings that few politicians truly represent the best interests of the people. Overall, these sentiments have enhanced feelings of estrangement and a lack of understanding among many Americans. Not good news for the health of the country—but we’ve pulled together before, and hopefully, will again.

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Sourced from: NPR, Political Trends In Medicine: How Does Election Season Affect Our Health?