More than half of Americans say the election is a significant source of stress in their lives, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. One surefire way to spike your anxiety? Constantly refreshing poll results. Stephen Holland, a psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders, told STAT he jokingly calls it “Obsessive-Compulsive Poll-Checking Disorder.” The name might be funny, but the issue is very real.
The takeaway? If you’re feeling anxious (and really, how could you not be?), take a step away from all the election coverage. That means don't look at the polls and consider steering clear of Facebook and Twitter—the APA found nearly 40 percent of Americans say social media is a major source of election-related stress. Then check back in on Tuesday night when the real results are finally rolling in.