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A new diagnosis: ‘Post-election stress disorder’

Jenny Gold/KHN
Wally Pfingsten took a break from Facebook to relieve his anxiety, but he found himself sneaking onto an account he made for his dog, Derby.


“Fake news,” “alternative facts,” travel bans, reports of Russian connections — the daily deluge of political news from Washington can be overwhelming. And for many people, it’s taking a toll. 

WALLY PFINGSTON: I have high blood pressure...I could tell this was not a good thing, you know? This was not helping me.

Mental health professionals across California report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to the new administration. From Kaiser Health News, Jenny Gold has this story.