Psychiatrist warns over anxiety linked to elections

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 24, 2018
By: Lin Hui-chin and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A psychiatrist has warned about health issues arising from anxiety related to today’s nine-in-one elections, citing a 30-year-old man whose work and relationship were affected.

The man, who was referred to by the alias Hsiao Chen (小陳), argued with his girlfriend — who supported a different candidate — leading to threats of a breakup, and he stayed up late to debate politics on the Internet, psychiatrist Yang Tsung-tsai (楊聰財) said.

The habit caused him to lose sleep and made him tired at work, Yang said.

The number of patients Yang has treated for anxiety has risen by nearly 30 percent in recent weeks, he said, adding that most of them said they were passionate about politics.    [FULL  STORY]

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