If you've found yourself compulsively checking your social media accounts at an unhealthy rate since President Donald Trump's election in 2016, you aren't alone.
A new psychological study published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders claims that Trump's election has led to a reported increase in stress that includes "political intrusive thoughts and ritualistic behaviors," which researchers describe as "obsessive-compulsive-like symptoms specific to politics in some individuals."
The study -- which was conducted by researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine, the Fordham University Department of Psychology, and the VU University Medical Center in the Netherlands -- found that 25 percent of its subjects reported experiencing multiple OCD-like behaviors related to politics every day, aided in no small part by the real-time availability of information on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
This is significant, the researchers say, because these behaviors are "associated with all measures of psychopathology and disability."
Interestingly, it wasn't just Democrats who experienced these kinds of behaviors, as the study found "no differences in psychopathology... between major party affiliations."
"The findings suggest that politically-focused intrusive thoughts and ritualistic behaviors are associated with psychopathology domains in a manner comparable to general obsessive-compulsive symptoms," the authors write.