'Election depression' is a real thing

A recent poll shows that 60 percent of voters say the election has made them less proud of America, nearly six times as many who said that in 2008, the TODAY Show reports.

Americans say they're losing sleep, losing friends and losing an overall sense of comfort, and they say it's all because of the election.

"There's going to be a lot of people that are angry either way," one woman told the TODAY Show.

Another person noted the high sense of animosity between the two candidates and their parties. 

More than half of Americans say they're disgusted by the presidential campaign, and consider it a "significant source of stress," according to the American Psychological Association, the TODAY Show says.

Dr. Vaile Wright of the American Psychological Association also noted the role social media has played in this year's election on the TODAY Show.

Social media has led to an oversaturation of political opinions, making them tough to avoid. 

According to the TODAY Show, there have been 5.3 million Facebook status updates, comments, likes and shares regarding the election within the first nine months of the year.

"I have blocked a lot of people, a lot of people that I thought were friends," one woman told the TODAY Show.


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