Mental-health therapists see uptick in patients struggling with postelection anxiety

With the constant bombardment of information coming out of the Trump administration, local mental-health experts say a hefty number of their existing clients — and as many as 80 percent of potential new clients — are seeking help for postelection distress.

Puget Sound resident Marcus Searles considers himself an enthusiastic consumer of knowledge and information, but over the past couple of months, he’s had to turn off the news.

“It was everywhere, and it got to be too much,” said the 42-year-old.

Searles, who works as a title examiner for a Seattle escrow company, said the constant stream of political information was seeping into every part of his life.

Tips for keeping anxiety at bay

Seattle-area psychologists and counselors offered these suggestions:

1. Perform small acts of kindness, such as opening doors for others: let someone merge into your lane, treat…

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