Do You Have Voter Fatigue?


(WBRE/WYOU)   Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with the upcoming presidential election?
    Well you are not alone- some experts call it..Voter Fatigue
Our lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick explains

Most people will agree that election 2016, especially the race for the white house, is the most intense  election they have ever seen. It seems  there is a new controversy or scandal being reported everyday.

 Psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Berger from Lackawanna County calls it voter fatigue. He says while it is not a recognized psychological condition. He believes it  may lead to anxiety for some people..

“In the old days, before the constant connection, you would hear something but then there would be a pause. You would have some time to rest and reflect and do your normal daily activities.”

But now with virtually everyone connected electronically to the flow of information with cell phones, computers and of course television. There is little or no break from the election..

 “You have to let go to some degree and unfortunately with our 24 hour news cycle and being so connected you can’t get away from it unless you choose to.” Said Dr. Berger.

Dr. Berger says he has seen this type of sensory overload with other intense national events  such as the 9-1-1- attacks. He advises people..

” I hate to say it, turn off the TV, turn off the radio and remind yourself that despite the consequences of the election life will go on.”
Doctor Berger insists that people who are feeling anxious because of the intensity  of this election must keep it all in perspective: There will be a November 9th.. the day after the election.

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