When Cristina, a 50-year-old graphic designer in Minneapolis, wakes up, her muscles are tight, her stomach is upset.
What's the latest in the presidential campaign? She checks her phone, though she knows it will only heighten her distress.
"I want to know if something worse has happened," said Cristina, whose full name is not being used because she is in therapy as a result of the campaign.
The vicious rhetoric, the anger and the slurs of this campaign are unleashing buried fears and anxieties in voters. Relationships are strained. Marriages are at crossroads. Women find bad memories of sexual assault rekindled. Even veterans being treated for post-traumatic stress from combat are talking to therapists about the campaign.
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