Saturday, June 10, 2017
NYT article suggests politics to blame for growing high anxiety, but declining turnouts for elections say otherwise
While election turnout soared during the 2008 financial crisis, overall the trend is down in the post-war, and flat since 1968. People care and don't care about politics about as much as they ever have.
The political mess has been “a topic of conversation and a source of anxiety in nearly every clinical case that I have worked with since the presidential election,” said Robert Duff, a psychologist in California. He wrote a 2014 book, “Hardcore Self-Help,” whose subtitle proposes to conquer anxiety in the coarse language that has also defined a generation.