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Published On: Tue, Oct 23rd, 2018

Study: One in four Millennials claim they suffer from PTSD due to the 2016 elections

A new psychological study from San Francisco State University discovered that 25% of Millennials are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, because of the 2016 elections. Those damaged the most, according to the study, were minority, female, Democrat or non-Christians.

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Yes, that’s correct: PTSD.

The study is a small sampling of 769 students studying psychology at Arizona State University, reporting that 25% reported experiencing “clinically significant” levels of stress, other symptoms of PTSD using the “Impact of Event” scale.

The students’ response “indicated that students’ average stress score was similar to those of witnesses of a mass shooting seven months after the incident.”

“What we were interested in seeing was, did the election for some people constitute a traumatic experience?” lead researcher Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, said in a statement. “And we found that it did for 25 percent of young adults.”

“The scale is used to gauge the extent to which individuals have been impacted by an event in such a way that it might lead to diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder,” Hagan added.

Students who self-identified as a minority, as female, as a Democrat, or as a non-Christian reported the most significant stress levels.

“Black and nonwhite Hispanic students scored higher on the assessment than their white classmates, for instance. Gender, political affiliation and religion all played even larger roles. Females scored about 45 percent higher than males on the assessment, and Democrats scored more than two and a half times higher than Republicans,” the study said.

The study was released Monday by the Journal of American College Health.

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