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Experts provide post-election mental health tips

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Experts say staying off social media is helpful (WFSB) Experts say staying off social media is helpful (WFSB)

Now that the results are in following a long election season, some are angry, scared and others are excited and hopeful.

On Wednesday, Americans experienced a myriad of emotions, and many were deciding to cope or celebrate by taking to social media in the aftermath.

"This shows that people just can't put on the brakes. That although the event is over the momentum of anger, hatred and other points on the emotion scale just continue to persist,” said Quinnipiac University Associate Professor of Journalism Rich Hanley.

He said this election has been unlike any other, and the firestorm on sites like Facebook and Twitter is echoing that.

"In many ways, social media is a perpetual motion machine. Once people get used to putting their opinions out, they want to do it again, and again, and again,” Hanley said.

The “election hangover” can even leave some people feeling depressed or anxious.

Dr. Jim O’Dea, vice president of Operations for the Behavioral Health Network of Hartford Healthcare, said experiencing a range of emotions in the aftermath is completely normal.

"I think it's quite unlikely that anyone is going to be experiencing significant psychiatric symptoms in response to the election results themselves,” O’Dea said.

Unfortunately, Experts said the rhetoric on social media may get worse before it gets better.

"I fear that the language we saw in the campaign is simply going to be the JV game.  The varsity game is going to start when governance begins and that's when it's going to get very ugly,” Hanley said.

If you’re unhappy with the results of this election, doctors recommend to continue to do things you find meaningful. If necessary, even take a break from social media.

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